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17572   Rifleman Alexander Dixon
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 21/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 01/05/1898
Died: 14/02/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 18
Alexander Dixon was the only son of Alexander and Margaret Dixon. He was born in Draperstown 1st May 1898. Alexander’s father was a railway guard. They were living in Draperstown with their mother-in-law, Margaret Lyle. Alexander’s sister Violet was born in Draperstown, so the family had only moved to Ballycastle after September 1910. Alexander enlisted in Ballymoney. Rifleman Alexander Dixon was serving with the 12th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action on 14th February 1917 near Ypres. He was 18 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery
  Wulvergem, West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave II-A-6
CWGC Casualty 444237
St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery is located 10.5 Kms south of Ieper town centre, on a road leading from the Rijselseweg N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen (Messines) and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg. On reaching Mesen the first right hand turn leads onto Mesenstraat towards the village of Wulvergem. In the village of Wulvergem the first left hand turning leads onto Sint Kwintenstraat. 200 metres along Sint Kwintenstraat on the left hand side of the road lies the cemetery.
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1 1901 Census lists Dixon family 1901 census lists Alexander as age 3 living with the family at house 14 in Moyheeland, Draperstown, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Dixon family 1911 census lists Alexander as age 12 living with the family at house 27 in Castle Street, Ballycastle, Antrim
3 Ballycastle Heroes 1914-18 Brief details of Rifleman Alexander Dixon
4 Photo of Rifleman Alexander Dixon's grave
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
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