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35th BATTALION A.I.F.

Captain: Robert Derwent DIXON. DSO

Born: 7th December 1874. Burwood, New South Wales, Australia. Birth Cert: 1874/

Married:

Wife: Margaret Marceline Dixon. nee:.

Died: 1947.


Father:

Mother:


INFORMATION

Robert Derwent Dixon enlisted with A Company 35th Battalion on the 11th of December 1915 with the rank of Lieutenant and was an original member of the Battalion and left Sydney on board HMAT A24 "Banalla" on the 1st of May 1916.

Distinguished Service Order

For conspicious gallentry and devotion the duty near PASSCHENDAELE on the 12th of October 1917. This Officer was in command of the centre company of the Battalion. The Battalion was held up in its advance by a nest of machine-guns. With a small party of men he rushed the position and succeeded in capturing four machine-guns and thirty prisoners, thereby enabling the Battalion to continue the advance. He did excellent work during the whole day and was the only surviving officer of the Battalion excepting Battalion Headquarters. His fearless courage and personal bravery were a great stimulus to the Battalion.

Family Information

Willam was a 41 year old Electrical Engineer of "Ushermere" Moss Vale, New South Wales upon enlistment.

(BEAN; History of world War 1 Vol IV p 912/916)

UNDER CONSTRUCTION 20/09/2006


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