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37 George Dickerson
Sergeant: Royal Engineers
The life and times of George Dickerson read as follows:
November 1885: Born Woodbridge, Suffolk.
8 March 1904: Disillusioned with life as a butcher’s assistant, joined the Army's Royal Engineers and
trained as a driver.
24 December 1904: Sent to South Africa, returning on the 4th of March 1907.
10 March 1907: Released from regular service onto the Reserve for nine years.
2 April 1911: Appears in Avening census for first time, living at The Institute, occupation "Chauffeur",
probably to Mr Alfred Dickinson of Brook House.
6 September 1913: Married Emily Rowles at Brimscombe and set up home in the hamlet of Burleigh on
July 1914: Set off on a four week fishing holiday in Scotland, driving Mr Dickinson.
August 1914: Whilst in Scotland, reported for duty at the outbreak of war.
6 August 1914: Mobilised at Bulford, Wiltshire.
18 August 1914: Sent to France.
18 September 1914: Wounded at Aisne during the retreat. Some time later returned to hospital in
Plymouth where he was reunited with his wife. Remained in England until:
22 January 1917: Returned to France.
July 1917: Gassed and returned to England. The same month his daughter Emily was born at Burleigh.
11 August 1917 to 11 September 1917: Leave at home.
September 1917: Returned to France.
November 1917: Posted to Italy.
27 February 1918: Promoted to Sergeant.
Early October 1918: Contracted influenza, which led to complications.
27 October 1918: Died of bronchial pneumonia, buried at the Giavera British Cemetery, Arcade, Italy.
May 1919: His wife received his effects.
1922: His wife received his three medals – 1914 Star, Victory Medal and British Medal.
1939: His daughter Emily married Ronald F Shearman.
We have been unable to locate any relatives.