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Henry George DIXON

Regimental number6226
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngineer
AddressCampbells Hill, Brentnell Street, Merrylands, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 6.25"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Edith Eleanor Dixon, Campbells Hill, Brentnell Street, Merrylands, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 29 months in the 1st Canadian Contingent, South Africa (disbanded); 3 years in the Royal North West Police (time expired); 1 year in the 97th Algonquin Rifles (resigned); 384 days in the AIF Administrative Staff (discharged by request).
Enlistment date25 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 31 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 27 July 1917
Other details

Enlisted, 18th Bn, 6th Reinforcement, 15 May 1915. Discharged, 26 October 1915 (service: 135 days), at wife's request. Wife, Edith Eleanor DIXON, wrote to Infantry Depot, Liverpool, 21 October 1915: 'I beg to request that you will be good enough to discharge my husband, Acting Sergeant, H.G. Dixon ... as I have a family of five young children, dependant upon him, which I think in itself a sufficient reason for his discharge. However, I have no objection to his serving for the purpose of Home Defence.'

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Sydney, 30 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 10 January 1917. Marched in to 6th Training Bn, Larkhill, 11 January 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 28 March 1917; taken on strength, 23rd Bn, 1 April 1917.

Wounded in action, France, 3 May 1917 (shell shock), and admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 47th Casualty Clearing Station, 5 May 1917; to No. 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Doullens, 19 May 1917; to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 2 June 1917; to No. 3 Canadian Hospital, Doullens, 24 May 1916; discharged to 2nd Australian Division Base, Havre, 4 June 1917; to England - disembarked Southampton, 10 July 1917; marched in to No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 10 July 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Demosthenes', 27 July 1917 (overage); disembarked Melbourne, 24 September 1917; proceeded to Sydney on board HT 'Euripides', 27 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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