Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment.

Killed in action on Tuesday 20th October 1914 at Les Trois Maisons, near La Bassee, age 26.

Remembered on Le Touret Memorial, France, Panels 34 and 35.

Former student of Mechanical Engineering. 



George Dixon was born in 1888 at Sale, son of the late Isaiah and Annie S. Dixon of ‘Leeward’, Sibson Road, Sale, Cheshire. He was educated at Manchester Central School, and, as a 21 year-old, in 1909 entered Manchester University to study Mechanical Engineering. He was a junior Draughtsman to Professor J. T. Nicholson in the Mechanical Engineering Department (Faculty of Technology), and held a commission in the Special Reserve of Officers of Manchester University Officer Training Corp of which he was a member from April 1908 to May 1912. He had worked with Messrs. Churchill and Co, Manchester and Messrs. Hans Renold Ltd. He was a prominent rugby player and played for Sale Rugby Football Club and Cheshire.

The 2nd Manchester Regiment War Diary records that on the 19th October the battalion reached Les Trois Maisons. At 9am the next day the enemy advanced along the battalion’s front and left flank, heavy fighting ensued comprising heavy fire action. Two platoons of “A” Company, led by Dixon and a Captain, made “gallant bayonet charges”. The fighting continued until dusk when the battalion retired to it’s support trenches covering Lorges. Dixon was noted as missing, (as was another University man, Walter Balshaw). George was Mentioned in Despatches and has no known grave.

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