Dickson, William (No. 86122)

Dickson, William

Gunner

No. 86122, 5th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery

Killed in action on Sunday 17 September 1916 (aged 46)

Buried:

Pozieres British Cemetery, France (Grave II. F. 35)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

BIOGRAPHY

William Dickson was born on 19 July 1870 (at attestation he declared 18 July 1872) in the townland of Ballymagaughey, Ballygowan and he was a son of James and Mary Dickson (nee Shields) who were married on 5 May 1866 in First Comber Presbyterian Church.

The Dickson family lived in the townland of Ballymagaughey, Ballygowan and in the townland of Ballywilliam, Comber.

James Dickson worked as a labourer and farm servant and he and Mary had at least four children:

John (born 2 February 1867 in Ballywilliam)

William (born 19 July 1870 in Ballymagaughey)

Mary (born 2 January 1873 in Ballymagaughey)

Sarah (born 31 October 1874 in Ballymagaughey)

William Dickson moved to Canada where he worked as a shoemaker.

William Dickson enlisted on 8 December 1914 in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he and his wife Annie were living at 619 Alverstone Street.

In his attestation papers it was noted that William Dickson was 5 feet 7½ inches tall with a dark complexion, brown eyes and grey hair.  It was also noted that he had served for 19 years in the Royal Garrison Artillery.

When Gunner William Dickson (No. 86122) was killed in action on 17 September 1916 (aged 46) his wife Annie was living at 549 Simcoe Street, Winnipeg.

Gunner William Dickson (No. 86122) was buried in Pozieres British Cemetery, France and he is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM) and in the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance.