Heath Old Boys Association


Obituaries


Carl Penrose Dixon: [Heath 1908–1914]

Carl Penrose Dixon had a short life in the Royal Flying Corps.

Head and shoulders of Carl Dixon showing his ‘wings’
Carl Penrose Dixon

He was born on , the only son of the Revd Charles Ernest Dixon, vicar of St Jude’s Halifax, who became an army chaplain, serving in the Dardanelles, and returning to become vicar of St George’s, Barnsley.

Carl attended Heath from to . He left to become an apprentice gas engineer with the Carrier Car Company, Huddersfield, through which he studied engineering.

Service history: on his father’s return from active service, he enlisted in the Army Service Corps (Mechanical section) in . He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps, in , going overseas on .

Fate: on he was engaged in artillery observation work when he was badly wounded in a German attack but managed to return his plane to base with the photographs he had taken and was admitted to No.12 Casualty Clearing Station where he died a few days later on . He is buried in the Military Cemetary, Mendinghem.

An officer wrote:

One of the bravest and most skillful pilots ever joined our squadron.

The Chaplain wrote:

As patient in pain as he was brave in action.

With thanks to David Millichope