Topic: Charles William Dixon (1909-2002)

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Charlie Dixon was injured while fighting in Italy at the Battle of Monte Cassino during World War II. He was my husband's great uncle - Debbie McCauley.

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Charles William Dixon was born at 6 Ripon Terrace, Kingston upon Hull on 5 February 1909.

He was the son of John Henry and Ada Louisa Dixon (nee Borrill). John Henry Dixon was a Cargo Tallyman. The following is from a letter received by Maurice Charles and Ada Dixon in 1999 from the daughter of Charles's sister, Gerturde 'Auntie Gertie':

Grandma Dixon's maiden name was Borrill. When the Borrill's arrived in Hull they were involved in a coal business. Time went by and her father went to America to train horses (trotting like the Duke of Edinburgh with those 2 wheeled buggies). Grandma used to get letters from him occassionally. Uncle Ted, who was your Grandma's brother, said he remembered him coming over, and he thought he died in the early 1940's in a nursing home in Meridon, Connecticut. Apparently he married three times. Grandma Dixon had a brother who was killed in the first World War. His wife, Aunt Lucy, used to come over from Liecestershire for two weeks holiday once a year.

In December 1931, Charles Dixon married Kate Fenton. They had five children together:

  1. Edna Dixon. She married Peter Hearn (original member of the RAF Parachute Display Team, known then as the Big Six), later divorcing.
  2. Maurice Charles Dixon. He married Ada.
  3. Malcolm Dixon (?-1986). He died from an asthma attack on 5 November 1986.
  4. John Dixon.
  5. David Dixon.

Charles was employed by timber company Hollis Brothers of Craven Street, Hull for all of his working life. The company is no longer trading. He started work as a deal carrier and worked his way up to be a saw mill manager which involved converting timber logs from all over the world and British forests.

The working life of Charles Dixon was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II (1939-1945). On 16 July 1940, at age 31, Charles joined the Army (No. 1087770).  His height is recorded a 5ft 77/8ins, his eyes blue and his hair colour brown. His address given as 81 Jalland Street, Hull.

Charles William Dixon (1909-2002) and group of fellow soldiers

Charles Dixon (seated on the right).

Charles served in the Royal Artillery (field) and saw action in the African and Italian campaigns. On 12 May 1944, Charles was injured in Italy during the Battle of Monte Cassino. He was one of a group of five soldiers. Their officer was killed and Charlie shot in the left arm. He nearly lost his life due to his injuries and was subsequently discharged from the army. Shrapnel remained in his left shoulder for the rest of his life.

Royal Artillery

According to Barbara Turner he was a 'very nice character' who 'favoured his left arm due an injury received in the war'. The following photograph of Charles playing cricket was taken in East Park, Hull, England in the 1950s:

Charlie Dickson

Charles retired in 1974, after working for 51 years. His wife, Kate, died in 1980, one year short of their golden wedding anniversary.

Charles moved from Jalland Street to the then new area of sheltered housing at Sutton Court. He was stubbornly independent, wanting to look after himself rather than be a burden on any of his family. His address was 32 Sutton Court, Howdale Road, Hull. For the last ten years of his life his next door neighbour, Dorothy, was his close friend, sharing much of life together at the Court and holidays at the Grand at Scarborough. Dorothy meant a great deal to him in his latter years and provided a lot of care and support to him. At Christmas 2001, his son Maurice along with his wife Ada discovered that Charles was keen to see Paris. They took Charles and Dorothy away to Paris for a long weekend which fulfilled this ambition. The photograph below shows Charles wearing his war medals:

Charles William Dixon (1909-2002)

Charles William Dixon died of pneumonia on 7 August 2002 at the Hull Royal Infirmary. The informant listed on his death certificate was his son, Maurice Charles Dixon, of 369 Saltshouse Road, Hull.

 

Sources:

Barbara Elizabeth Turner (personal communication, 2012).

Birth Certificate (1909/129.89).

Maurice Charles and Ada Dixon (personal communication, 2013).

Death Certificate (2002/102181).

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Charles William Dixon (1909-2002)


Year:1944
First Names:Charles William
Last Name:Dixon
Date of Birth:5 February 1909
Place of Birth:6 Ripon Terrace, Kingston upon Hull
Country of birth:England
Date of death:7 August 2002
Place of death:Hull Royal Infirmary
Spouses name:Kate Fenton
Spouses date of death:1980
Date of marriage:December 1931
Place of marriage:England
Fathers name:John Henry Dixon
Fathers date of birth:13 April 1875
Fathers date of death:1914
Fathers place of death:Hull, Yorkshire, England
Mothers name:Ada Louisa Borrill
Mothers date of birth:30 August 1876
Mothers place of birth:Hull, Yorkshire, England
Mothers date of death:14 September 1964
Mothers place of death:103 St. John's Grove, Hull, Yorkshire, England
Name of sibilings:Alice Louisa Dixon, Edward Dixon, Gertrude Dixon, Ethel Dixon, and Herbert Dixon
Name of the children:John Dixon, Malcolm Dixon, Edna Dixon, Maurice Charles Dixon, and David Dixon
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)

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