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Ernest Lester Dixon Died: November 22, 1916 Regimental Number: 470373 Regiment: Canadian Machine Gun Corps Battalion: 12th Machine Gun Company Company: Place of Birth: Lower Woods Harbour, NS Date of Birth: July 4, 1897 Place of Enlistment: Sussex, New Brunswick Date of Enlistment: September 17, 1915 Age at Enlistment: 18 Height: 5ft,4in Attestation paper (click to enlarge) When Ernest Dixon enlisted he was under-age for service. He ran away from home and added an year to his age. He enlisted with the 64th Battalion and volunteered for the machine gun section of the 64th. It has been told that when volunteers were called for, Ernie said the Office, Lieutenant Stewart Henry, “Do you think, sir, I could take a man’s place in the Machine Gun Section?” He was undersized but his straightforwardness impressed the Lieutenant and he was accepted. He continued to serve with the 64th Canadian Machine Gun Detachment in England. On November 22, 1916 he was hit by an enemy shell splinter while on sentry duty in a trench on the lip of Death Valley, the Somme. Because of his small size he was remembered by many of the 64th. Date of Death: November 22, 1916 Age at Death: 19 Commemorated on Page 78 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Listed on both the Yarmouth and Shelburne Monuments Additional Information: Son of Solomon and Joanna Dixon, of 324, Ashmont St., Dorchester, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Native of Woods Harbor, Nova Scotia. Cemetery: Bapaume Post Military Cemetery, France Plot: I. I. 10. The town of Albert is in the Department of the Somme. Bapaume Post Military Cemetery is about 2 Kms north-east of the town on the right-hand side of the main road to Bapaume. Bapaume Post Military Cemetery lies on the west side of "Tara Hill," and south-west of "Usna Hill," and at times it was called by those names. The cemetery contains 410 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 181 of the burials are unidentified, but there are special memorials to three casualties believed to be buried among them.
Private Ernest Lester Dixon