Monday, 29 June 2015

Dixon, William - Marine Fireman -

Marine Fireman William Dixon
Marine Fireman, Merchant Navy,
Died 15th November 1918
Age 34
Buried Glyntaff Cemtery Pontypridd

William Dixon was born in Haslingden in 1884. He was the son of Paul and Jane E. Dixon of Sherfinside, Haslingden and the brother of Joshua Dixon whose name also appears on Stonefold War Memorial. In 1901 William was living at 1, Sherfin Nook, Haslingden with his parents, brother Joshua and sisters, Hannah and Alice, and he was working as a labourer in a calico works. During the war he was a member of the Mercantile Marine.
William Dixon had returned home from a voyage to East Africa suffering from malaria, (according to the Haslingden Roll of Honour). Possibly weakened by the disease, he succumbed to the "Spanish Flu" which was rife at the time. He died, four days after the Armistice had been signed, on 15 November 1918 at 26 Alpha Street, Coedpenmaen, Pontypridd. The cause of death, according to his death certificate, was influenza and pneumonia.  He was aged 34, and his occupation had been that of Marine Fireman. By 1921 his father had died and his widowed mother was living at 4A North Street, Water, Rossendale. 
William Dixon was buried in Glyntaff Cemetery, Pontypridd, Grave no. S605 Burial Number 15691.

Marine Fireman William Dixon - Census Certificate - (Click over to enlarge)