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Arthur Thomas Searle Dickinson

Arthur Thomas Searle Dickinson

Male 1875 - 1915  (40 years)


  • Name Arthur Thomas Searle Dickinson  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Known as "Archie" 
    Birth 07 Mar 1875  Oystermouth Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 4, 5
    • Son of Thomas Searle Dickinson (Commander, RN) & Louisa Elizabeth Izat. [CWGC]
    Occupation Apr 1891  Army student  [2
    Residence Apr 1891  3 Nelson Crescent, Albany Rd, Portsmouth Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    • with mother Louisa, 41 b Cape Town, wife of a Captain in the Army [sic]; sister Mary E M, 18 b Rock Ferry; + 1 serv.
    Occupation 1895 -  Indian Army Officer  [5
    • Commissioned 01 Feb 1895; 51st Sikhs.
    Post/Rank/Title 20 Feb 1904  Captain  [5
    Marriage abt Aug 1905  Fareham Find all individuals with events at this location
    Eileen Constance Kirwan,   b. 17 Dec 1877, Colchester Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1946, Lymington & District Hospital, Lymington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Apr 1911  Captain, Indian Army  [4
    Residence Apr 1911  White House, Birchington Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Post/Rank/Title 20 Feb 1913  Major  [6
    Residence - 1915  Quetta, Baluchistan Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Death 22 Nov 1915  Ctesiphon, Mesopotamia Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Killed in action  [7, 8
    Burial 22 Nov 1915  Ctesiphon, Mesopotamia Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    • Buried on the battlefield. No known grave.
    • Commemorated on Basra Memorial, Panel 52 and 67.
    Probate 29 Jun 1923  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; £737 14s. 9d.  [7
    • Dickinson Arthur Thomas Searle of Quetta, Baluchistan, India, died 22 November 1915 in Mesopotamia Probate London 29 June to Eileen Constance Dickinson widow. Effects £737 14s. 9d. [NPC]
    Notes 
    • Dickinson, Maj. Arthur Thomas Searle. 51st Sikhs (Frontier Force), attd. (as Bde. Maj.) 30th Inf. Brigade. Three times mentioned in Despatches. Killed in action at Ctesiphon 22nd Nov., 1915. Age 40. Son of the late Comdr. Thomas Searle Dickinson (R.N.), and Louisa Elizabeth Dickinson (née Izat); husband of Eileen Constance Dickinson, of Wyndcroft, Petersfield, Hants. [CWGC]
    • Dickinson, Arthur Thomas Searle, Major, 51st Sikhs, Frontier Force, Brigade Major, 30th Indian Infantry Brigade, I.A., only son of the late Commander Thomas Searle Dickinson, R.N., by his wife, Louisa (Southsea), dau. of John Robert Izat; born West Cross, Swansea, 7 March, 1875; educ. Portsmouth Grammar School.
      He was gazetted 2nd Lieut. Somerset Light Infantry 20 Feb. 1895; promoted Lieut. 9 April, 1898; transferred to the Indian Army 20 Oct. 1898 ; promoted Capt. 20 Feb. 1904, and Major 20 Feb. 1913.
      He served in the North-West Frontier of India 1897-98 (Medal with clasp); in China 1900, where he took part in the relief of Pekin (Medal with clasp), and again in the North-West Frontier of India 1902, including operations against the Darwesh Khel Waziris.
      In Nov. 1906, he was appointed Double Coy. Commander in the 51st Sikhs; was at the Quetta Staff College from Feb. 1908, to Dec. 1909, and from 25 Feb. 1912 to March, 1913; was Staff Capt. to the Nasirabad Brigade, and Brigade Major at Nasirabad from March, 1913, to date of appointment to 30th Brigade in Oct. 1914.
      He went to Egypt 31 Oct. 1914; took part in one or two small engagements there until March, 1915, when the Brigade was sent to join the Indian Expeditionary Force D in Mesopotamia; took part in the operations at Shaiba, in the Battle of Nasiriyeh, and was killed in action during the Battle of Ctesiphon 22 Nov. 1915. Buried on the battlefield.
      A brother officer wrote: "You have one consolation in knowing he died like the gallant soldier he was, and in the way he would have wished to die," and another: "I can't tell you how sorry we all were to hear Archie had been killed. We shall all miss him, as he was a good comrade and friend, and had 'grown up in the regiment.' You can know you have the sympathy both of officers and the men too, who are deeply grieved at his death."
      Major Dickinson was mentioned in Major-General Alex. Wilson's Despatch of 1 Aug. 1915 [London Gazette, 21 June, 1916], and in General Sir John Nixon's Despatches of 1 Jan. 1916 [London Gazette, 5 April, 1916] and 17 Jan. 1916 [London Gazette, 13 July, 1916], being also mentioned in the list, forwarded by the Government of India, of names mentioned in Despatches from the General Officer Commanding, for services in connection with the operations in Mesopotamia from 6 Nov. 1914, to 14 April, 1915 [London Gazette, 5 April, 1916].
      He married at Fareham, co. Hants, 5 Sept. 1905, Eileen Constance (Gatcombe, Petersfield, co. Hants), dau. of the late Major John Denis Kirwan, R.A., and had three sons: William Arthur Kirwan, born 23 May, 1908; Richard John, born 25 March, 1911, and Patrick Thomas, born 26 Dec. 1914. [De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1919]
    Person ID I5598  Tatham | Heathcote branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2020 

    Family Eileen Constance Kirwan,   b. 17 Dec 1877, Colchester Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1946, Lymington & District Hospital, Lymington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Marriage abt Aug 1905  Fareham Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 9
    Notes 
    • also resid Apr 1911: Arthur's mother Louisa Elizabeth, widow, 60 b Cape Town; son William Arthur Kirwan Dickinson, 2 b Quetta; + 4 serv.
    • - eldest son William Arthur Kirwan Dickinson, born Quetta 1909, died at sea on war service, Dunkirk, 29 May 1940; marr Margaret Mary;
      - youngest son Patric Thomas Dickinson, born Nasirabad 26 Dec 1914, died Rye 28 Jan 1994; marr Lyme Regis 19 Dec 1945 to Sheila Dunbar Shannon; 2 ch.
      [Quintus Dickinson family tree on ancestry.com accessed 07 Aug 2014]
    Children 
    +1. Richard John Dickinson,   b. 25 Mar 1911, Birchington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1975, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2014 
    Family ID F2022  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Arthur Thomas Searle Dickinson
    Arthur Thomas Searle Dickinson
    Photo presented by his wife, Jun 1918
    Arthur Thomas Searle Dickinson
    Arthur Thomas Searle Dickinson
    Reverse of photo presented by his wife

    Histories
    Arthur Thomas Searle Dickinson
    Arthur Thomas Searle Dickinson
    Obituary given to Imperial War Museum by his wife in Jun 1918

  • Sources 
    1. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Gower, 2Q1875.

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      age 16 b Oystermouth

    3. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Fareham, 3Q1905.

    4. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      age 36 b Swansea

    5. [S37] Army Lists & Records, Indian Army Quarterly List, 01 Jan 1912.

    6. [S07] Other Sources, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour.

    7. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    8. [S34] Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

    9. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      marr 5 yrs