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Remembering Lieutenant George Dixon, 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment

05 Jan 2015

Killed in action on Tuesday 20th October 1914 at Les Trois Maisons, near La Bassee, age 26

In August, the University published a special website, World War 1 Centenary, to commemorate the centenary of the start of the Great War.

During the next four years, the website will pay a monthly tribute to a student or member of staff who lost their lives in WW1, 100 years after they died.

This month, it features Lieutenant George Dixon, who was born in 1888 at Sale, Cheshire. He was educated at Manchester Central School, and, as a 21 year-old, in 1909 entered Manchester University to study Mechanical Engineering. He was a junior Draughtsman to Professor J. T. Nicholson in the Mechanical Engineering Department (Faculty of Technology), and held a commission in the Special Reserve of Officers of Manchester University Officer Training Corp of which he was a member from April 1908 to May 1912. He had worked with Messrs. Churchill and Co, Manchester and Messrs. Hans Renold Ltd. He was a prominent rugby player and played for Sale Rugby Football Club and Cheshire. He has no known grave.

Although the University has basic biographical details for all of the fallen, their wider stories have often been lost. If you have any documents or images relating to the part played in WW1 by former students, members of staff or the University itself, please contact: