Shackleton Reference Letter for sledges

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Shackleton Reference Letter for sledges

I submit copy of a letter written as a reference for my grandfather dated 6th June 1916 regarding his involvement in the construction of Shackleton's sledges or sleighs for an Antarctic Expedition. There are also copy photographs of the sleighs. My grandfather's name was Errol Dixon, (misspelt as Dickson in the letter). He was born in approximately 1888 and resided in Halifax Yorkshire. His mother died in very sad circumstances when he was very young, following which his father married his mistress. My grandfather was given sixpence and turned out of his home when he was about ten years old. He made his way to the London area where he later met my grandmother. Because her parents did not approve of the union, they eloped and married and went on to have five children, the youngest of which was my mother. He sadly died when he was about 38.

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