Friday, 20 June 2014

Herbert Dickinson 1894-1917

Form from the Infantry Record Office returning Herbert's property to his wife Lily
1894 Haxey, Doncaster

Son of:
Joseph Dickinson b.1863 Haxey
1911: Westwoodside, Doncaster aged 48 Navvy (Railway Contractor)
married c.1893 to
Rose Ann Dickinson b.1870 Mexborough d.1921 Doncaster

Position in family:
Eldest of 5 children

1. Herbert b.1894  WW1 Killed
2. Ernest b.1895 WW1 Service (see note)
3. George b.1897
4. Harold b.1901
5. Leslie Stanley b.1908

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: Nethergate, Haxey age 8
1911: Top Farm, Westburton, Retord age 18 Waggoner on farm with brother Ernest (cowman)
1917: Station Terrace, Silkstone age 23 working as a Shunter on Great Central Railway

Married to Lily Thompson at Silkstone All Saints on 19th February 1917

Herbert b. 8th April 1918, Silkstone Common

Military Service:
Enlisted: 11th December 1915 age 23 at Penistone
Regiment and Battalion: 1st/5th York and Lancaster
Service number and rank: 43425 Private
Awards: Victory Medal and British War Medal

Personal information:  
5reet 7 inches tall, weighed 157 pounds, with a 37 inch chest, and had 4 vaccination marks on his left arm.

Death: 22nd October 1917 aged 33
CWGC Remembered: Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium Panel 125 to 128

Silkstone War Memorial

Silkstone All Saints, British Legion Memorial Plaque WW1 & WW2 

He was mobilised on 8th May 1917 and posted to France the following day. On 2 August he transferred to 13th Btn York and Lancaster, then 3rd Btn. at Etaples on 3rd August, and 1st/5th on the 18th August. He was killed in action on 22 October 1917, and has no known grave.

Herbert's personal property was sent to Lily on 11th February 1918, comprising 1 pocket watch, 1 photograph and 1 mirror.

Their son Herbert was born 8th April 1918. On 26th April 1918 Lily was granted a pension of 13s 9d. per week.

Brother Ernest enlisted in the West Yorkshire Regiment on 23rd September 1914, and later transferred to the Army Cyclist Corps on 1st March1915. He received a gunshot wound to the right thigh on 29th April 1915, and was discharged on 16th June 1916 with a pension.

Herbert was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal.

With special thanks to late Rosemary Lee of the Roggins Local History Group, and Heritage Silkstone who hold Rosemary's archive of research into the men remembered on Silkstone War Memorial.
Additional research by Pete Schofield

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