Private Thomas Dickson

Private Thomas R. Dickson, 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. He was killed by a sniper in France on 29th September 1915 during the Battle of Loos, aged 33. He was the son of Mrs Dickson and the late Alexander Dickson of ” Te Aro ” , Morebattle. He fell in operations round the ” Chalk Pits” and “Puits 14Bis ” and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. The Battalion held Hill 70 although enemy shelling caused casualties. Between 28th and 30th September there were 17 killed and 112 wounded. He had been a Regular soldier and had fought in the Boer War. As a reservist he had been recalled to his old Regiment on the outbreak of War whilst working as a mason in Musselburgh. The first photograph shows part of the battlefield looking towards the German front line trenches and the second shows a group of Scots Guards in ” Little Willie trench preparing bombs for the assault.

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