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Surname: DIXON

Forename(s): Fred

Place of Birth: Haworth, Yorkshire

Service No: 3/11733

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 11th (Northern) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1916-09-14

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6A and 6B.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---




Additional Information:

Fred Dixon (born 12 July 1888) was the son of Harry and Mary Elizabeth Dixon, née Feather. Harry was born at Wilsden and Mary at Stanbury, Yorkshire.

1891 Haworth, Yorkshire Census: 5, Cliffe Street - Fred Dixon, aged 2 years, born Haworth, son of Harry and Mary E. Dixon.

1901 Farnhill, Yorkshire Census: 4, Bright Street - Fred Dixon, aged 12 years, born Haworth, Yorkshire, son of Harry and Mary E. Dixon.

1911 Crosshills, Yorkshire Census: 7, Harding Houses - Fred Dixon, aged 21 years, born Haworth, Yorkshire, son of Harry and Mary Elizabeth Dixon.

The British Army Service Record for Fred Dixon exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Fred Dixon, 3/11733, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (2B) Balkans. Date of entry therein: 24.11.15. Died 14.9.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Fred Dixon, 3/11733, 8th W. Rid. R. Believed killed 14.9.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Fred Dixon, 3/11733, 8th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: On or since 14.9.16. Death pres'd. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Harry. £16 17s. 8d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Fred. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mr Harry Dixon. Relationship: Father. Address: 7, Harding Houses, Crosshills.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

DIXON, Fred, West Riding Regiment, Harding Houses, [Crosshills], killed in action 1916.


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Private Fred DIXON

Private Fred DIXON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

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Surname: DIXON

Forename(s): Fred

Born: Howarth, Yorks

Residence: Cross Hills, Yorks

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorks

Number: 3/11733

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 8th Battalion


Died Date: 14/09/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: DIXON

Forename(s): Fred

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 3/11733

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 8th Bn.



Died Date: 14/09/1916

Additional Information:



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13 October 1916


On the 6th of October Mrs. Dixon, of New Zealand, Crosshills, received a communication from the War Office, saying that her son, Private Fred Dixon, had been wounded. Mrs. Dixon has heard nothing since, either from her son or the Military authorities. The last letter she received from her son was on the 12th of September. Private Dixon was in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, and took part in the fighting in the Dardanelles. He afterwards went with his Regiment to Egypt, and from there to France.

Another member of the family, Private John Dixon, is in the Chatham Military Hospital, as the result of a bombing accident. Some 223 men of the Royal Naval Division were engaged in live grenade practice in June last under Lieutenant H.J. Luckham. Petty Officer Place was instructing the men. He was an experienced grenade thrower, having had considerable experience in Gallipoli. Five men were in a trench at a time, together with Lieutenant Luckham and the Petty Officer. One of the men named O’Neill, was in the act of throwing a grenade, when, by some unaccountable means, due, it was thought to nervousness, it slipped out of his hands and fell short. Both the lieutenant and the petty officer realised the danger they were in. Place immediately caught hold of O’Neill and thrust him out of danger’s way, and also Private Dixon, who was struck by one of the missiles. The petty officer, who hailed from Leeds, was killed. Private Dixon was sent to Portland Military Hospital, and was there until a fortnight ago, when he was transferred to Chatham.

Another brother, Private Ernest Dixon, was wounded at St. Julien about a year ago. Pte. Dixon was in the York and Lancasters when war broke out, having enlisted in June 1914, and went out to Flanders about six months after the outbreak of war. Immediately on arrival, they were in the thick of the fighting, and took part in the battle of St. Julien with the contingent of Canadians. Private Dixon had his right eye blown out by a bullet, and whilst he lay wounded on the field, he received three more wounds from shrapnel bullets in the arm and leg. Private Dixon was sent to the base hospital at Boulogne, afterwards receiving treatment at hospitals in this country.

05 January 1917


On Sunday a memorial service was held in the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Farnhill, for Pte. H. Walmsley (who death was recorded a fortnight ago in this paper), and for all who have given their lives for their country, especially for Joseph Green, Fred Dixon, Tom Allsop and Joseph Smith, who were old scholars of the Primitive Methodist Sunday School. The Rev. J.E. Woodfield preached a very touching sermon. There was a very large congregation, amongst whom were the members of the Volunteer Force under the command of Captain Alfred Clough, Sutton, members of the band, and a number of old scholars. An augmented choir sang the anthem ‘Our trust is in the Lord’ with great effect. Being the National Intercession Sunday, the prayers used were those provided on the form of service for the day. At the conclusion the ‘Last Post’ was sounded by Mr. Gordon Fowlds, a member of the Keighley Volunteer Force.

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05 January 1917


Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dixon, of Harding Houses, Crosshills, have received official information that their son, Private Fred Dixon of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, is believed to have been killed in action. Mr. and Mrs. Dixon have received previous information regarding their son, first that he was wounded; then that that he was missing; and again that he is believed killed. Private Dixon had two brothers serving, both of whom have been wounded. Private Ernest Dixon entered the army before the outbreak of war, in the York and Lancasters, but has been transferred into the Northumberland Fusiliers. He was wounded early in the war at Hill 60, when he lost an eye. He has been home on leave since and is now at Sunderland. His brother, Private John Dixon, of the Royal Naval Division, is at present home on leave. He met with a serious accident some time ago, whilst in training, owing to the bursting of a bomb during practice. He has been in hospital for six months suffering from serious wounds in the arm. Much sympathy is felt with the family, who have suffered so much during the war.

26 April 1918


Farnhill Soldiers Wounded

No news has been heard for several weeks of A.S. John Dixon (R.N.D.), of Farnhill. A.S. John Dixon is one of five brothers, who are or have been serving.

Pte. Fred Dixon has been reported missing for several months. Pte. Ernest Dixon lost an eye at St. Julian, and is now discharged, and Pte. Wm. and Samuel Dixon are at present in France.

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