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John Dixon was born on 6th October 1898, he was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Jane Dixon, of Calender Cottage, Wheelton, Chorley, Lancs.

John had four brothers who served during WW1; two of which in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (9532 Private Nathan Dixon, 1st Battalion and 12210 Private Herbert Dixon, 7th Battalion).

John set sail for France on 17th July 1915, landing at Boulogne. The 7th Battalion formed part of 56th Brigade, 19th (Western) Division.

In September that year, John would have seen his first major battle at the action of Pietre, a supporting/diversionary action during the Battle of Loos.

The next major action that happened for the Battalion was the following summer. On 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, John was killed.

He was just 18 years old at the time of his death.

Rank: Private
Service No: 17479
Date of Death: 01/07/1916
Age: 18
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 7th Bn.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Pier and Face 11 A.

Unfortunately no further service papers are available.

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