Cecil Arthur Dixey

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Battalion: G Depot Company
Rank / Service No: Sapper, 23906
Died: 25th January 1919, aged 24 years
Buried: Southampton Old Cemetery

 

Cecil was the third of 4 siblings born to George Henry and Ada Jane Dixey (nee Powell), who married in Southampton in 1890.

Both parents were born in Southampton in 1865; Ada passed away in the city in 1921, with George dying in the city in 1937.

 

The family lived at Hillside Avenue, Bitterne Park.

 

Siblings

Rosina Susie Wilson   b. 1891 Southampton   d. 1970 Southampton   Married Charles J. Beer in Southampton in 1916.

Sidney George W.   b. 1893 Southampton   d. 1938 Winchester   Married Ethel M. Dales in Portsmouth in 1921.

Cecil Arthur

Douglas William   b. 1899 Southampton   d. 1964 New Forest   Married Amy M. Hope in Southampton in 1935.

 

Cecil was a draughtsman by trade, and he enlisted on 20 January 1913.

 

G, L and M companies were part of the Depot Battalion that was responsible for receiving back soldiers from the Expedtionary Force, and for training recruits into the Special Companies (tunneling, gas etc).

Records show that Cecil did serve overseas; he was in France from 7 October 1914 until 10 May 1915 and again for a period in 1917.

 

Cecil was definitely in the UK in August 1918, because he was discharged from the Army on the 20th of that month, because of sickness.

 

He succumbed to a lung disease in a Southampton hospital in January 1919.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th July 2016
Updated:

 

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