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  • Photograph taken in Retford by Edgar Welchman of Arthur, Wife Eliza and Daughter Lois.
Person Details
01 Jan 1891
Retford
John Arthur was born on 1st January 1891 and was the son of John a fixed engine driver and Elizabeth who lived at Moorgate, Retford. In the both the 1901 census and 1911 census John is known by his middle name Arthur in the 1901 census he is living with his parents and siblings Edward 17 yrs Ethel, Gertrude , William 5 years , and Dorothy 10 months, Arthur is 10 years of age. on the 1911 census he has left home and is a boarder living with Arthur and Ethel Booth at 47 Church Gate Retford , he is 20 years of age and is working as a wash house man. In 1912 he married his wife Elizabeth Parkin at Retford and they go on to have a daughter Lois in 1913. prior to the war he moved to work in the laundry at Hull and lived at 4 Glencoe Villas At his time of death his wife Elizabeth is living at 20 London Road,Retford.
For a number of years he was employed at the Laundry, Grove Street but shortly before the war went to work in a laundry at Hull
19 Feb 1917
36906 - CWGC Website
TZ/6386
Able Seaman
Howe Bn Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
John served with the Howe battalion Royal Naval Division ,He enlisted in July 1915 and went to the Crystal Palace, London, for training. He went to Egypt and then to Gallipoli for seven months. He went to France in November 1916 he was wounded and died from these wounds on 19th February 1917 and he is buried in Dernancourt Communal cemetery extension, Somme, France grave reference V C 6 John Arthur Dixon Retford Times 9 March 1917 Another Retford hero has laid down his life for King and country in the person of Able Seaman John Arthur Dixon of the Royal Naval Division. He was the son of Mrs Dixon of 41 Moorgate and four years ago, married Miss Parkin of West Street, Retford. For a number of years he was employed at the Laundry, Grove Street but shortly before the war went to work in a laundry at Hull and lived at 4 Glencoe Villas, Hull. He and his wife and child were in the first air raid at Hull. He enlisted in July 1915 and went to the Crystal Palace, London, for training. In November 1915 he was sent out to Egypt and after being in the Dardanelles for seven months was invalided home with a fever and a weak heart. He was in Greenwich Hospital a month and afterwards spent a short time in August 1916, at Retford on leave. He went to France in November 1916 and had seen a lot of hard fighting. His death occurred on 19th February in a Casualty Station in France from gunshot wounds in the abdomen. His wife received a letter from him on February 18th which was written on February 13th and he was then all right. The deceased was a native of Retford and his many friends will be sorry to hear of his death. He leaves a wife and one child, four years old. He has two brothers and two brothers in law serving. His brothers are Pte Edward Dixon who enlisted in the Notts and Derbys, and has since been transferred to the Royal Scots: and Able Seaman Gunner, William Dixon who has been in the Royal Navy nearly six years. His brothers in law are Arthur Booth, saddler in the Royal Engineers and Cpl Herbert Fisher, Sherwood Foresters.
His two brothers both served during the 'Great War' Pte Edward Dixon with the Sherwood Foresters (later the Royal Scots ) Able Seaman, Gunner William Dixon with the Royal Navy, both survived the war.
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  • Photograph taken in Retford by Edgar Welchman of Arthur, Wife Eliza and Daughter Lois.
    Photo_Arthur_Eliza_Lois - Photograph taken in Retford by Edgar Welchman of Arthur, Wife Eliza and Daughter Lois.
  • Buried in Dernacourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
    John Arthur Dixon - Buried in Dernacourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
  • Photo showing Arthur in his Naval Uniform. He has written on the back, 'from Arthur to Gerty & Mother with best of love.' (Gertrude is an older Sister). The reverse of the post card confirms that it was taken by T. M. Evrritt, Crystal Palace. - Photo provided by Great Grandson,Ian Fidler.
    Royal Naval Division - Photo showing Arthur in his Naval Uniform. He has written on the back, 'from Arthur to Gerty & Mother with best of love.' (Gertrude is an older Sister). The reverse of the post card confirms that it was taken by T. M. Evrritt, Crystal Palace. - Photo provided by Great Grandson,Ian Fidler.
  • Arthur is now in Khaki Uniform. This is the original photo of the one which appeared in the Retford Timed following his death. Provided by Great Grandson, ian Fidler
    John Arthur Dixon - Arthur is now in Khaki Uniform. This is the original photo of the one which appeared in the Retford Timed following his death. Provided by Great Grandson, ian Fidler
  • Arthur (Left) with two unknown soldiers. The photo was taken by Walshams Ltd., 60 Doughty St. & Provinces. It is possibly at Blandford Camp in 1916. Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
    John Arthur Dixon - Arthur (Left) with two unknown soldiers. The photo was taken by Walshams Ltd., 60 Doughty St. & Provinces. It is possibly at Blandford Camp in 1916. Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
  • Photo of Arthur (Left) taken with an unknown soldier by L Stickley at 7 Damory Street, Blandford, Dorset in September 1916. The reverse of this card says 'With love to Gertrude Alice (Sister) from Arthur'. Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
    John Arthur Dixon - Photo of Arthur (Left) taken with an unknown soldier by L Stickley at 7 Damory Street, Blandford, Dorset in September 1916. The reverse of this card says 'With love to Gertrude Alice (Sister) from Arthur'. Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
  • Memorial Plaque issued to Wife Eliza along with a Memorial Scroll. Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
    John Arthur Dixon - Memorial Plaque issued to Wife Eliza along with a Memorial Scroll. Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
  • Memorial Scroll sent to wife Eliza along with a Memorial Plaque. Scan provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
    John Arthur Dixon - Memorial Scroll sent to wife Eliza along with a Memorial Plaque. Scan provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
  • Arthur (Right) with unknown Soldier, possibly at Blandford Camp, Dorset in 1916. Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
    John Arthur Dixon - Arthur (Right) with unknown Soldier, possibly at Blandford Camp, Dorset in 1916. Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
  • The photograph was taken by L Stickley, 7 Damory Street, Blandford, Dorset. The cap badge confirms his link to Howe Battalion.Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
    John Arthur Dixon - The photograph was taken by L Stickley, 7 Damory Street, Blandford, Dorset. The cap badge confirms his link to Howe Battalion.Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
  • Picture Post Card taken at 7 Damory Street, Blandford, Dorset by L Stickley in September 1916. The cap badge confirms his association with Drake Battalion. Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
    John Arthur Dixon - Picture Post Card taken at 7 Damory Street, Blandford, Dorset by L Stickley in September 1916. The cap badge confirms his association with Drake Battalion. Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
  • Photo sent to Arthur's wife Eliza showing the wooden cross which marked the location of his original grave at Dernancourt. Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
    Original Grave - Photo sent to Arthur's wife Eliza showing the wooden cross which marked the location of his original grave at Dernancourt. Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
  • Article from the 9 March 1917 edition of the Retford Times confirming Arthur's death. Provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
    John Arthur Dixon - Article from the 9 March 1917 edition of the Retford Times confirming Arthur's death. Provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
  • Arthur's 1914- 1918 Victory  Medal, 1914 - 1919 British War Medal and 1914 - 1915 Star. Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
    Medals - Arthur's 1914- 1918 Victory Medal, 1914 - 1919 British War Medal and 1914 - 1915 Star. Photo provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
  • 'Died of wounds received in action'. Provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.
    Certification of Death - 'Died of wounds received in action'. Provided by Great Grandson, Ian Fidler.