Other names: Frank
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyMenin Gate Memorial, YpresTwyford, Compton AbbasFrance & FlandersCompton Abbas, DorsetEast Orchard, Dorset
Story: Frank Dibben was born in 1891 at Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury. He was the son of Alfred Dibben, a farm labourer, and Sarah Ann Dibben (nee Rideout). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, was working as a farm labourer and living at 45 Twyford, Compton Abbas. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Private and joined the 6th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 11282). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 16th February 1916 and his name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres (Panel 37). He is remembered on the Compton Abbas War Memorial, Shaftesbury and on the memorial window in St. Thomas's Church, East Orchard. His brothers, Claude Dibben and Charlie Dibben, also served in the conflict but survived.