William Thomas Dixon
Contributed by: J Brooker, on 2008-11-03
|First Name||William Thomas|
|Year of Birth||1879|
|Year of Death||1959|
|Regiment||Royal Army Medical Corps|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Folkestone, Kent|
William Thomas's Story
My great Grandfather William Thomas Dixon was a member of the Folkestone Fire Brigade from 1904. As a member of the brigade he was given first aid training by the St John Ambulance. When war was declared, he and several other firemen joined up and were sent over to France to provide medical care.He was in France by September 24th 1914. He was eventually posted to No 2 Red Cross Hospital, Rouen, and remained there until early 1919, but also had stints in Casualty Clearing Stations, as an Ambulance driver, and on the hospital trains. He was Mentioned in Despatches in May 1918. The hospital was bombed and he was on duty in one of the wooden hut wards. The explosion hit the hut and the roof started to cave in on the patients, so using his fireman's traing braced the roof and supported it until the patients could be safely removed. One of the grateful patients that he rescued made a sewing box for my great grandmother with wood from one of the beams of the hut.
After the war he returned to the Folkestone Fire Brigade, then moved to London in 1923, where he was a fire and security officer at the Home Office. He died in Englefield Green in Surrey in July 1959.