Corporal Herbert Dixon of Evenwood
Corporal Herbert Dixon is commemorated at the Evenwood War Memorial. He married Rose Oldfield of Evenwood and lived in Shirley Terrace, Evenwood, with their two sons named Tom and Cresswell.
Corporal Dixon supported the war effort by going to France as part of the 5th Battalion of the Border Regiment in October 1914. He died after being hit by sniper fire in October 1915, one of many casualties at Bellewaarde Ridge and Hooge.
As one can imagine, the news hit the people of Evenwood hard. The Parish Magazine of November 1915 gravely reported the death:
“Worst of all…is the case of Herbert Dixon, son-in-law of Mrs Oldfield of Shirley Terrace..Herbert, who used to be employed by Mr Handley and afterward by the Colliery Co. as a painter.. was killed on October 4th.”
Captain Edward D’Arcy Birnie wrote a heartfelt letter to Herbert Dixon’s wife, informing her of his death and explaining that Herbert Dixon was well-liked and respected by his fellow soldiers:
"Dear Mrs Dixon, it is with deep regret that I have to inform you of your husband’s death while on duty in the trenches. …On behalf of the members of 5th Company, I tender their deepest sympathy in the great loss you have sustained, which is ours as well, as he was respected by all he came into contact with and was always careful in his duties…"
With thanks to Kevin Richardson, who wrote the book “Evenwood Remembers”.