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Edward James Dickson

Headstone of Pte Edward James DICKSON. Andersons Bay RSA Cemetery, Dunedin City Council, Block 70S, Plot 7. Image kindly provided by Allan Steel, CC-BY-4.0.

Headstone of Pte Edward James DICKSON. Andersons Bay RSA Cemetery, Dunedin City Council, Block 70S, …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edward James AWMM
  • Surname
    Dickson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 32077 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 November 1914 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 10 Shaw Street, Timaru, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs W. Dickson (wife), 10 Shaw Street, Timaru, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 32077 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    22 July 1943 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Dickson, Edward James. (Ref. WO 373/25/478). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Labourer/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 3
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Biographical information

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  • Private E. J. Dickson, MM; Dunedin; born NZ 8 Nov 1914; labourer. (Source: Norton, F. D. 26 Battalion. p.276.)

    'These pits dominated the companies' positions and it was essential they should be cleared. Sergeant Newall moved 7 Platoon to a position about 50 yards west of the enemy. Although neither party had direct observation of the other, the platoon was able to prevent the enemy taking advantage of his higher position. This quick appreciation saved the two companies many casualties. Later the platoon was able to pick off any of the enemy who attempted to fire from this point. On the other side of the enemy post Pte Dickson was able to effect the same result by other means. He went forward and deliberately showed himself. As two Italians rose to shoot him, he opened fire with his Bren gun and shot them instead. Continuing this process he enabled Sergeant Newall's party on the western side to pick off more of the enemy, until at length the post was silenced.' (Source: Norton, F. D. 26 Battalion. p. 276.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    20 August 1967 Allan Steel Cemetery Project
    Age 52 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Andersons Bay RSA Cemetery, Dunedin City Council AWMM Block 70S, Plot 7 AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Norton, F. (1952). 26 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.276. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      123 AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from data kindly provided by Allan Steel Cemetery Project (2020) AWMM

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