Private William Archer Dixon

Date of Birth c. 1896
Age at Death 20
Date of Death 16/08/1917
Service Number 35113 1721
Military Service King’s 0wn Yorkshire Light Infantry
Merton Address
Local Memorial Rutlish School, Merton

Additional Information

William Archie was the third child of William Archer and Ann Elizabeth Dixon. His parents, 25 year old William Archer Dixon had married Ann Elizabeth Seal at St John the Baptist Church at Eltham in Greenwich on the 5th August 1893.

The 1901 Census states that William Archer senior was employed as a blacksmith, the family are recorded as living at 206 Stamford Road in Eltham.

The 1911 Census reveals that William Archer Senior and Ann Elizabeth had been married for 17 years and that the couple had a total of 7 children, all alive and well. William senior was now employed as a farrier and his 14 year old son William Archie was now employed as a van boy in the laundry.

Early in WW1 he joined the Essex Regiment army No 1721. At some point he was transferred to the Durham Light Infantry using army No 7110, later he transferred to the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (K.O.Y.L.I.) with army No 35113.

On August 16. 1917 he was killed in Action during the battle of Langemark, and was buried locally (presumably where he fell). In 1929 his body was exhumed and reburied at Santuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium. Plot V. Row B. Grave 12.

He is also remembered at Tyne Cot Cemetery memorial, stone No 109.


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