1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

John Dillon

Contributed by: Vanessa L. Dixon, on 2009-09-05

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Rank
First Name John
Surname Dillon
Year of Birth 1892
Year of Death 1917
Regiment 11th Hussars
Place of Wartime Residence Dukinfield, Cheshire

John's Story

At the time of his death he was in the process of being transfered to the Flying Corp, there is no record of him in the RFC and it is thought that he died during a training flight, a tragic accident. This is the newpaper notice of his death.

He had served throughout the war, but died in a tragic accident.

Ashton Reporter 1917 - FLYING MAN KILLED - Machine Brought Down In France. DUKINFIELD FAMILY LOSE TWO SONS - News has been conveyed to Mr and Mrs Daniel Dillon of 73 Pickford Lane, Dukinfield, of the death of their eldest son, Lance-Corporal John Dillon, at No 23 Casualty Clearing House Station, France. He was originally in the 11th Hussars, but was afterwards transfered to the Royal Flying Corps in France. The Rev. F.M. Sykes, Church of England chaplain to the forces, wrote on May 8th to Mr Dillon as follows - "Your son, Lance-Corporal John Dillon, was brought into No. 23 Casualty Clearing Station last afternoon, suffering from concussion and fracture of the base of skull. I cannot say how his machine came down; but he never regained consciousness at all, and passed away quite peacefully at about 10 o'clock this morning. I did what I could for him, praying with him, and you may be sure that he received every possible attention. I have laid his body to rest in the military cemetery at Lapugnoy, and his C.O. and a detachment from his unit were present at the service." Lance-Corporal Dillon had been on active service thoughout the war. In November, 1914 he came home from France suffering from frost bite through exposure in the trenches. He returned after a month's leave, but had to come home again, and was an inmate at the Buxton Hospital for six weeks. He leaves a widow and a baby four months old. Previous to joining the army he was employed at Minerva Mill. He was connected with the Old Chapel, and his name is on the Roll of Honour.

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