Charles Chisholm DIXON MM

Charles Chisholm Dixon MM Photo:
Australian War Memorial
Birthplace
Brisbane
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
Warehouseman
Enlisted
19-July-1915
Place
Brisbane
Age
24
Status
Single
Service No
1532
Rank
Private
Unit
5th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcements
Embarked
30-November-1915
Place
Sydney
Active Service
Egypt, Western Front
Highest rank
Corporal
Honours and Awards
Military Medal
Fate
How Died
Died of disease
Date
23 December 1918
Place
Station Hospital, Paris
Cemetery or Memorial
City of Paris Cemetery, France
Notes

Also named on Toowoomba Mothers’ Memorial, Toowoomba Grammar School Roll of Honour and St Luke’s Anglican Church Toowoomba Honour Board.

 

Charles Dixon arrived in Egypt in January 1916 and transferred to the 5th Australian Divisional Trench Mortar Brigade. He joined his new unit in France in June. In January 1917 he became sick with an unspecified ‘debility’ and was sent to Wandsworth General Hospital, returning to his unit in June. In Belgium in October his courageous actions at Broodseinde Ridge earned him the Military Medal. While on leave in Paris after the Armistice, he was admitted to hospital with influenza on 13 December 1918 and died from the disease ten days later.

 

Military Medal citation: "On the night of 16th October 1917 on the Broodseinde Ridge, a Trench Mortar Brigade party came suddenly under an intensely heavy hostile barrage. A number of the party having taken shelter in a dugout became buried and in danger of suffocation on account of a large shell having struck the roof. Gunner Dixon realising their precarious position immediately went to their assistance and single-handed was successful, in spite of heavy and continuous hostile fire, in extricating four of his comrades. This man's gallant actions saved his comrades lives and is deserving of special recognition." (Awarded 2 November 1917)