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Herbert Dixon was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Jane Dixon, of Calender Cottage, Wheelton, Chorley, Lancs.

Herbert had four brothers who served during WW1; two of which in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (9532 Private Nathan Dixon, 1st Battalion and 17479 Private John Dixon, 7th Battalion).

Herbert was 20 years 1 month old when he enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 29th August 1914 at Preston. He was posted into the newly raised Pals battalion, the 7th battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

At his enlistment medical he was recorded as being 5ft 9in tall and weighing 150lbs. He was of dark complexion, with brown eyes and black hair. His physical development was good and he was deemed fit for service.

Prior to the war, he had been working as a labourer and had no previous military experience.

Herbert embarked for France at Southampton on 16th July 1915.

Between 11th and 21st January 1917, Herbert was granted leave to the UK.

Herbert died on 17th June 1917, this was shortly after the conclusion of the Battle of Messines (1917) in which his battalion had taken part. It is assumed he died of wounds sustained in this battle. Indeed, a telegram sent back to the depot in Preston confirms that Herbert died from a shrapnel wound to his back, that had penetrated his lung. Hebert succumbed to his wounds in the 2nd Canadian casualty clearing station.

On 30th October 1917, Herberts personal effects arrived home to his mother Elizabeth;

  • 1 x disc
  • Photos
  • 1 x pipe
  • 4 x (unknown)
  • 1 x belt
  • 2 x S.B armlets
  • 2 x cap badges
  • 1 x watch key
  • 2 x German field dressings
  • 1 x watch and strap
  • 1 x notebook
  • 1 x memorial card
  • 5 x pictorial cards
  • 1 x pencil
  • 1 x button
  • 1 x denture ring
  • 1 x note case
  • 1 x bag


Private Herbert Dixon is remembered in the LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY . View his CWGC headstone here.

Rank: Private
Service No: 12210
Date of Death: 17/06/1917
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 7th Bn.



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