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Harold Dickinson

In memory of:

Sergeant Harold Dickinson

March 21, 1918

Military Service


Service Number:

602947

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)

Division:

7th Bn.

Honours and Awards:

Military Medal

Additional Information


Born:

June 25, 1895
Sheffield, United Kingdom

Enlistment:

August 17, 1915
London, Ontario

Harold Dickinson was a British Home Child. He born in Sheffield, United Kingdom and emigrated from the Sheffield Union Workhouse (now the Northern General Hospital Sheffield) via Dr Barnardos in 1908.

Commemorated on Page 397 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

HOUCHIN BRITISH CEMETERY
Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

I. G. 24.

Location:

Houchin is a village situated between Barlin and Bethune, about 5 kilometres south of Bethune in the Pas-de-Calais. HOUCHIN BRITISH CEMETERY is to be found in open farmland on the south-west side of Houchin village. HOUCHIN BRITISH CEMETERY is served by a farm track which is accessible from the Houchin to Hallicourt road, D72. There are CWGC signposts to be found in the village of Houchin and on the main D72 road.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Circumstances of death registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada. CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR. Surnames: Deuel to Domoney. Microform Sequence 28; Volume Number 31829_B016737. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 172. Page 337 of 1084.
  • Honour roll– British Home Children World War 1 Honour Roll
  • Photo of Harold Dickinson– Sergeant Harold Dickinson MM 
British Home Child arrived in Canada in May 1908 at age 13 and was placed on the farm in the employ of Mr. Adam E. Johnston of RR2 Northwood Road in Kent Bridge, Kent County, Ontario, Canada. When Harold enlisted, Mr. Johnston was listed as his next of kin. 

Private Harold Dickinson went overseas with the 34th Battalion November 2nd, 1915, proceeding to France May 20th, 1916, with the 7th Canadian Battalion. Later he was promoted to Corporal and in April 1917 to Sergeant, winning the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery in September 1917. He continued in active service until March 21st, 1918, when, while back from the lines, he was struck by German shrapnel which resulted in his death a few hours later at the Clearing Station.
  • Photo of Harold Dickinson– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of Harold Dickinson– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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