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Henry Dixon was born in Heapey, Lancashire in October 1886 and was part of a large family. On the 1901 census his parents Thomas and Elizabeth are living at Marsdens Farm, Heapey. Henry had an older brother William (c.1884) and older sister Annie (c.1883). He had five younger brothers, Thomas (c. 1888), Nathan (c. 1891), Christopher (c. 1892), Herbert (c.1895) and John (c. 1899). He also had three younger sisters; Ellen (c. 1892), Elizabeth (c. 1897) and Dorothy (c.1898). In all there were eleven siblings.

Prior to joining the Army he had been living at Londonderry Cottage, Wigan Lane, Duxbury, Chorley, Lancashire. He listed his next of kin as living at 4 Vine Street, Chorley .

Henry married Rose Ann (nee Winward) on 7th November 1909 in Chorley. They had three children together; Thomas (b.10/05/1909), Edward (b. 13/01/1912) and Eva (b. 13/09/1914). Henry had no previous military experience, he had been working as a farm labourer, probably at Marsdens.

Henry, aged 28 years, enlisted with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 9th November 1914 at Chorley. The medical officer described him as being 5ft 9.5in tall, weighing 131lbs. He had brown eyes, brown hair and was of fresh complexion.

Henry was given the service number 14984 and posted into the newly raised 9th (Service) Battalion.

In February 1915 the Blackburn Times ran an article about the family, of which at that time five of the brothers were serving (four of whom were with the Loyal North Lancs).


On 25th September 1915, Henry embarked at Folkestone with the main body of 9th Battalion men bound for France.

On 14th May 1916 Henry was wounded in the knee and ankle. Bravely he remained on duty before being admitted to the 77th Field Ambulance the next day.

On the 7th July 1917 he was appointed Lance Corporal, promotion to Corporal followed soon after. In October the same year he was appointed Lance Serjeant, making full Serjeant by the end of the year.

On 18th October 1917 his name appeared in the London Gazette as being awarded the Military Medal (M.M) for Bravery in the Field. He received his medal in January 1918 , which he acknowledged receipt of, and elected to retain it in his possession rather than have it sent to England.

On 28th May 1918 Serjeant Henry Dixon was reported as missing following the German attack at Maizy.

27th and 28th May 1918 – 9th Battalion

Early on the 27th May the Germans began a heavy bombardment on the front lines of the IX Corps  near the Aisne.  They were launching shells, gas and every kind of high explosive.  The bombardment was followed by an assault carried out by no less than eight German Divisions. The German attack was strong and successful, sweeping aside the British soldiers and capturing many of our guns.  The 25th Division were ordered to hold the second line of defence south of the Aisne. The Germans had crossed the river as the French retreated and caused an unguarded flank on the flank of the 9th Battalion.  They were forced to withdraw to higher ground from fear of being out-flanked.  During the attack and subsequent withdrawal they sustained a large number of casualties, one of which was the 9th Battalion Commanding Officer Major Darby-Griffith.

Serjeant Dixon was captured during the withdrawal, he was later officially accepted as being a POW in Germany as a result of a postcard he sent to his wife.

Henry Dixon was interned at Lamsdorf POW Camp. The camp was one of the Germans largest camps for prisoners of war, housing roughly 90,000 internees, mostly from the United Kingdom, Russia, Italy and Serbia. Due to poor housing conditions roughly 7000 men died in captivity.

It appears that Henry was released from captivity on 1st January 1919.

On 30th March 1919 he was demobilized to class Z reserve. His address upon discharge was noted as 5 Red Bank, Chorley.

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One Response to 14984 SJT. H. DIXON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Terry Douglas says:

    Just read the Bio on Henry, that’s great will add this my family history, thankyou.

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