B.W.M. & V.M. (Gnr., R.A.); I.G.S. 1908-35 one clasp 'North West Frontier 1930-31' (Gnr., R.A.); Defence & War Medals; L.S.G.C. (G.V.R. 2nd type) (Gnr., R.A.); E.M. 'Territorial' (G.VI.R. 1st type) (Gnr., R.A.). A superb combination, mtd for display.
With a full research file (35pp) giving complete service details. William James Dixon was born at Ilminster, Somerset, on 19/5/97 and enlisted in the R.A. on 12/10/12, an errand boy aged 15 years and 146 days. He was a member of the Church of England but converted to Catholicism in Malta on 24/5/24.
He served in France from 16/3/16 to 21/2/19 (51st, 172nd, 114th, 6th and 185th Siege Btys.) and had several admissions to hospital including with shell shock on 15/6/17.
He joined as a boy, became a Trumpeter on 28/3/14 and served as a Gnr. from 27/5/15. He qualified as a gunlayer each year from 1922 to 1925.
He was with the British Forces in Turkey 17/9/22 to 13/7/23 and later served in Malta, Egypt and India. He served on the N.W.F. 1930-31 with the 15th Medium Bty. 5th Brigade R.A. and was discharged on 16/12/31.
He joined the R.A. (T.A.) at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on 3/3/37; he was a waiter in the R.A. Officers' Mess and lived at Shoeburyness. His previous R.A. service 1912-31 was noted.
He served with 193rd Bty. 82nd (Essex) A.A. Regt. R.A. (T.A.) and was later at the School of Anti-Aircraft Defence and the R.A. Experimental Establishment.
He was posted to the Reserve 8/9/45, conduct "exemplary", and died in Southend, Essex, in the fourth quarter of 1969. With much further detail.