War Memorials in Sowerby, North Yorkshire

Robert Eric Dixon

1899 - 21st September 1918 (age 19)

10th Bn. Essex Regiment

Amos Dixon was a shoe maker born in Kilburn, but in 1889 he was living at Thornton le Moor with his wife Mary Annie, and their baby son George Amos. Mary Annie was a stocking knitter and wool dealer. A second child Mary Enid, arrived in 1893 but sadly her mother Mary Annie died the following year on 3rd April 1894 aged 29 years. The funeral procession left Thornton le Moor for Kilburn where Mary Annie was interred. Amos remarried to Emily, they moved to Thirsk Market Place where he traded as a boot maker and repairer. The family increased by two sons, Robert Eric and Herbert Oswald and they moved to live at 3 Sowerby Terrace, while Amos continued to run the business in Thirsk Market Place.

Robert Eric Dixon - from a family member

Robert Eric Dixon in uniform - from a family member

Robert enlisted into the Essex Regiment at Lincoln. The following is taken from the Essex Regiment war diary for 21st September 1918:

Map 62.c.N.E. YAK POST - Bn. HQ. Moved off at 12mn & the battle HQs were established at YAK POST. At 1am Coys commenced to move to their forming positions. At 3.30am attacking Coys had formed up & dug themselves in. The barrage opened at 5.40am & the Coys advanced at 6.7am. C&D Coys on the R. reached GRAFTON TR. On the L. A&B Coys got without 200x of TOMBOIS FARM. At this point the attack was held up by M.G. fire from the two flanks & from TOMBOIS FARM. Four of the tanks had been put out of action and the remaining 3 had got too far in advance of the attacking troops to be of any assistance. By 2pm. the Bn. Was in the original front line. At 8pm the order was received to withdraw to the area around F.14 central. This move was completed by 10pm. A composite platoon under the R.S.M. was left to garrison YAK POST.

On that day, Robert was killed in action probably by the machine gun fire referred to in the war diary. His remains lie at Unicorn Cemetery, Vend'huile, Aisne, France, plot I.B.14.

The original grave marker placed soon after the war.

Robert's grave at Unicorn Cemetery "No More The Foe Can Harm"

Robert's half brother George Amos Dixon is also named on the Sowerby memorial.

The information on this page was compiled by Steve Billings.

Information about Robert Eric Dixon on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website

Information about Robert Eric Dixon on the War Graves Photographic Project website

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