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Henry Einar Dixon

In memory of:

Private Henry Einar Dixon

September 19, 1916

Military Service

Service Number:







Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)


3rd Bn.

Additional Information

Son of George and Martha Ann Dixon, of Chiltern Croft, Wendover, Bucks; of Sawrey, Windermere, England. Member of Society of Friends.

Commemorated on Page 78 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Somme, France

Grave Reference:

I. C. 25.


Contay is a village in the Department of the Somme on the main road, Amiens to Arras. The CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY lies on the left (north east) side of the road to Franvillers. There are no access problems. There is a CWGC road sign next to the church and square of the village and next to the D23, Franvillers - Corbie, sign. The distance from the CWGC sign to the Cemetery is approximately 650 metres.

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 675 of 1084.
  • Grave Marker– The grave of Henry Einar Dixon at Contay British Military Cemetery, Somme. Photograph taken August 2007 by his great-nephew, Hugh Richard Dixon. As we approach Remembrance Sunday, I wrote my weekly column in The Bath Chronicle about my great uncle Einar's sacrifice and his contribution to our continuing freedom. 

The column is online here:

Einar emigrated from England to Canada before the First World War but volunteered to return to Europe and fight, despite the family being members of the Religious Society of Friends. His younger brother, my grandfather (also Hugh) was an officer in the British Royal Engineers and received the Belgian Croix de Guerre. I believe that Einar was killed in a trench collapse.

There is no cross on his grave: a reflection of the Quakers' rejection of religious iconography. I know very little more about his life, or why he chose to emigrate, but I still feel sad that I never had the chance to meet him.
  • Photo of Henry Einar Dixon– Henry attended Ackworth Quaker School between 1898-1903. Ackworth is a village located in West Yorkshire.

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