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Parrington DIXON

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Surname: DIXON

Forename(s): Parrington

Place of Birth: Dent, Yorkshire

Service No: 16/391

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 16th (Service) Battalion. (1st Bradford)

Division: 31st Division

Age: 21

Date of Death: 1916-07-01

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 2 A 2 C and 2 D.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: DENT, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Thomas Parrington Dixon was the son of Thomas Ashburne and Catherine Alice Dixon, née Parrington. Both parents were born at Dent, Yorkshire.

1901 Dent, Yorkshire Census: Hill - Parrington Dixon, aged 5 years, born Dent, son of Catherine A. Dixon (married).

1911 Bradford, Yorkshire Census: 33, Hampden Street - Thos. P. Dixon, aged 15 years, born Dent, Yorkshire, son of Thomas and Katherine Dixon.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Parrington Dixon, 16/391, West Yorkshire Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: (3) Egypt. Date of entry therein: 22 December 1915.

The informal title of the 16th (Service) Bn Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (1st Bradford) was the 1st Bradford Pals.

Parrington is commemorated in the 'City of Bradford Great War 1914-1918 Roll of Honour'.

A short biography of Parrington is included in: ‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 - But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Private Parrington DIXON

Private Parrington DIXON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division

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Surname: DIXON

Forename(s): Parrington

Born: Dent, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Bradford, Yorks

Number: 16/391

Rank: Private

Regiment: Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 16th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 01/07/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: DIXON

Forename(s): Parrington

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 16/391

Rank: Private

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Unit: 16th Bn.

Age: 21

Awards:

Died Date: 01/07/1916

Additional Information: Son of Thomas A. and Catherine A. Dixon, of The Cottage, Gawthorpe, Dent, Yorks.

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‘Westmorland Mercury and Times’ (20 February 1915)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

LOCAL WAR ITEMS

A roll of honour, containing the names of all old scholars of the Dent Church Day School is to be placed in the Schoolroom for future reference. The roll already contains the names of 23 old scholars who have joined the Forces. The list is as follows:–Robert G. Hutchinson, 1891-1895, lost in H.M.S. ‘Good Hope,’ Nov. 1st, 1914; Jas. H. Batty, 1899-1902, pupil teacher, 1902-1905, 6th Liverpool King’s Rifles; John Haygarth, 1897-1906, awarded Dent Grammar School Scholarship, 1906, 7th City of London, Dispatch Rider; Arnold Sparks, 1899-1907, awarded C.C. Teacher Scholarship, 1907, 8th Duke of Wellington’s Regt.; William Dinsdale, 1903-1908, awarded C.C. Scholarship 1908, 6th Duke of Wellington’s Regt.; George Raw, 1865-1874, Canadian Highlanders, also served in the Boer War, 1899-1902; Thomas Brunskill, 1880, also served in the Boer War; Wm. T. Burrow, Old Grammar School scholar, 6th Duke of Wellington’s Regt.; Jos. P. Burrow, 1889-1908, 2nd W.R. Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C.; Chas. Burrow, 1897-1904, Royal Field Artillery; John Langstroth, 1882-1889, Royal Field Artillery; Thos. Cragg, 1884-1886, Duke of Wellington’s Regt.; Leonard Mason, 1885, R.F.A.; John Hodgson, 1889-1900, R.F.A.; Wm. Bentham, 1893-1900, 3rd Duke of Wellington’s Regt.; Carl Braithwaite, 1897-1907, 10th Duke of Wellington’s Regt.; Jno. B. Davidson, 1900-1905, 10th Duke of Wellington’s Regt.; Jno. Powley, 1898-1905, R.F.A.; W.H. Bowness, 1895-1901, R.F.A.; Arthur Conder, 1896-1901, R.F.A.; Parrington Dixon, 1889-1901, 16th (S) Prince of Wales’ Regt.; Edmund Gornall, 1892-1911, 16th (S) Prince of Wales’ Regt.; Ernest Parrington, 1901-1907, 6th (R) West Riding Regt.

BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

16th (Service) Bn. Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (1st Bradford)

Attack on Serre (1/7) – went forward behind 15th West Yorkshire at 7.35 a.m. – heavy casualties before reaching British front line. Regimental history by Everard Wyrall records no advance past British wire and casualties totalling 537.

[Parrington Dixon was killed on the 1st July 1916.]

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11 August 1916

DENT – Wounded

Geo. Oversby, 10th West Riding, Duke of Wellington’s, of Cowgill, is in hospital at Edinburgh, suffering from a wound in the leg. Parrington Dixon (Bradford Pals) son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Dixon, of Gawthorpe, Dent, has been reported missing since July 1st.

23 March 1917

DENT – War Casualty

The War Office have reported that Pte. Parrington Dixon, Prince of Wales West Yorks. (Bradford Pals) who has been reported missing since July lst last, must be regarded as killed in action. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Dixon, of Gawthorpe, Dent, and l9 years of age. Formerly a student at Carlton Secondary School, and the School of Art, Bradford, he joined the Bradford Pals early in the war and first saw active service in Egypt, afterwards being transferred to France where he received his death.

01 June 1917

DENT – MEMORIAL SERVICES

A memorial service in memory of the local soldiers who have recently fallen in the war was held in St. Andrew’s Church on Sunday. The soldiers lost include Pte. N. Hawkings, West Yorks.; Pte. R. Powley [Pooley], R.A.M.C.; Pte. B. Pinch, R.F.A., who have been killed in action; Pte. W. Bentham, Duke of Wellington’s, who has been missing since October last; Pte. W. Brunskill, London Civil Service Rifles, who has been missing since last September; Pte. P. Dixon, who has been missing since July last and is now considered killed in action. There was a very large congregation, and the service opened with the voluntary ‘O Rest in the Lord,’ and included special lessons, part of the Committal service for the Burial of the Dead, a sermon by the Vicar from the text, ‘Unto God will I commit my cause’ (Job v. 8), and concluded with the hymn, ‘Now the labourer’s task is o’er,’ and the voluntary ‘Crossing the Bar.’

A memorial service was held in the Primitive Chapel, Deepdale, on Sunday afternoon in memory of Pte. B. Pinch, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Pinch, of Deepdale. The service was conducted by the Rev. P.H. Powell, of Dent, and there were a good number of sympathetic friends and relations present.

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01 June 1917

DENT

MEMORIAL SERVICE – On Sunday evening last the Vicar conducted a service in the Parish Church to the memory of those Dent men who have recently fallen in the war, namely, N. Hawkins, R, Pooley, B. Pinch, W. Bentham, W. Brunskill, and J. [P.] Dixon (the last three reported as missing some time ago, but now believed to have been killed). A portion of the burial service was read by the Vicar, who afterwards preached an impressive sermon from Job. v. 8. – In the afternoon Rev. P.H. Powell (circuit minister) conducted a service in Deepdale Primitive Methodist Chapel to the memory of Pte. B. Pinch. There was a good attendance.

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