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James D Dickson

M, #5767, b. 19 March 1904, d. 9 April 1945
Last Edited: 3 May 2017


Father*: John Dickson b. 27 May 1869, d. 12 Apr 1954
Mother*: Eliza Jane McManus b. 24 May 1869, d. 14 Mar 1939
  • Birth*: James D Dickson was born on 19 March 1904 at Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, .1,2
  • He was the son of John Dickson and Eliza Jane McManus.
  • Marriage*: James D Dickson married Isabella Millar on Monday, 8 December 1930 at 27 Bank Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1930 marriages in the district of St Clement in the burgh of Dundee, ref 422; 1930 on the eighth day of December at 27 Bank Street Dundee by declaration in presence of Peter Buick Dickson 27 Isles Lanes Dundee and Margaret Ireland Small 23 Crescent Street Dundee; signed James Dickson assistant powerloom tenter bachelor, 26, 27 Isles Lane Dundee, parents John Dickson cloth inspector and Eliza Jane Dickson ms McManus; signed Isabella Millar jute spinner spinster, 27, 27 Isles Lane Dundee, mother Elizabeth Gunn Millar jute weaver (dec); married by warrant of sheriff substitute of Forfarshire dated 8th December 1930; registered 1930 December 9th at Dundee W H Phillip registrar.1,3
  • Death*: James D Dickson died on 9 April 1945 at Bari, Italy, , at age 41; In Memory of Sapper James Dickson, 2216906, 163 Rly. Works Coy., Royal Engineers who died age 41 on Monday 9th April 1945. Sapper Dickson, son of John and Eliza Jane McManus Dickson, of Dundee; husband of Isabel Millar Dickson, of Dundee. Remembered with honour BARI WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    [Historical Information; On 3 September 1943 the Allied invasion of the Italian mainland began with landing in the south near Reggio and, a few days later, in the Gulf of Salerno. The invasion coincided with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side. Allied objectives were to draw German troops from the Russian front and more particularly from France, where an offensive was planned for the following year. The site of Bari War Cemetery was chosen in November 1943. There was no serious fighting in the vicinity of the town, which was the Army Group headquarters during the early stages of the Italian campaign, but it continued to be an important supply base and hospital centre, with the 98th General Hospital stationed there from October 1943 until the end of the war. At various times, six other general hospitals were stationed at Trani and Barletta, about 48 km away. Besides garrison and hospital burials, the cemetery contains graves brought in from a wide area of south-eastern Italy, from the 'heel' right up to the 'spur'. Here too are buried men who died in two disastrous explosions in the harbour at Bari, when ammunition ships exploded in December 1943 (during a German air raid) and April 1945. Bari War Cemetery contains 2,128 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 170 of them unidentified. There are also some non war burials and war graves of other nationalities.].4
    Bari Cemetery
    Bari Cemetery
  • (Witness) Photograph: He is in this photograph taken circa 1913 along with John Dickson, Eliza Jane McManus, Eliza Jane Dickson, Euphemia Dickson, John Dickson, Margaret Chalmers Dickson, Alexander Young Dickson, David Marr Dickson, Peter Buick Dickson and Martin Fraser Dickson.2
    Dickson family : Standing L-R David Marr (b1901), Euphemia (b1891), John (b1893), Margaret Chalmers (b1896), Eliza Jane (b1888), Alexander Young (b1899)
    Seated on chairs : John Dickson (b1869), Eliza Jane McManus (b1869)
    Seated at front : Peter Buick (b1906), James D (b1904), Martin Fraser (b1908)
  • (Informant) Death: James D Dickson registered the death of Eliza Jane McManus on 14 March 1939 at 27 Isle's Lane, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; 1939 deaths in the district of St Mary & St Peter in the burgh of Dundee, ref 76; Eliza Jane Dickson (married to John Dickson calender worker) died 1939 March 14th 7h 5m AM, 27 Isle's Lane, Dundee, aged 69 years; father Patrick McManus, oilworks labourer (deceased); mother Catherine McManus ms Maden (deceased); Cerebral haemorrage as certified by John Emerson MBChB; informant Jas D Dickson, son (present); registered 1939 March 14th at Dundee J Mawhinney registrar.5
  • (Witness) Memorial Inscription: James D Dickson is commemorated on the headstone erected in September 1915 at Balgay Cemetery, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, . Inscription reads In memory of Martin F Dickson who died 6th Sept 1915 aged 7 years, also David M Dickson who died 28th Feby 1916 aged 14 years, and their mother Eliza Jane McManus beloved wife of John Dickson who died 14th March 1939 aged 80 years, also Spr James Dickson RE killed in Bari Italy 9th April 1945 aged 41 years husband of Isabella Millar, also John Dickson who died 12th April 1954 aged 84 years, and their son Alex beloved husband of Annie Boag who died 9th January 1957 aged 57 years.6
    Headstone Dundee Balgay, Martin Fraser Dickson 1915

Census Events

Member of Household2 April 1911They was listed as a member of the household of John Dickson and Eliza Jane McManus in the 1911 census at 40 Taylors Lane, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, . James, son, 7, at school, b Dundee; John Dickson, head, 41, married, jute calander worker, b Dundee; Eliza J Dickson, wife, 41, married 23 years, 10 children born, 9 still living, b Edinburgh; 2 rooms with windows, 10 people in household.7


  1. [S7] Monumental inscription on the grave of War (Bari, Italy) CWGC 2203374/XV.F.21.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com Ancestry Public Member Trees, Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date:2006;, DLM [April 2017].
  3. [S64] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Statutory Marriages 1930 Dundee 282/02 0422 [Feb 2009].
  4. [S31] Website Commonwealth War Graves Commission (http://www.cwgc.org/) CWGC page http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2203374; CWGS 2203374/XV.F.21.
  5. [S11] DCC Registry Office: Statutory Deaths 1939 Dunde St Mary & St Peter 282/01 0076, Dundee City Council Registrar, Commercial Street, Dundee, Angus, Scotland. Hereinafter cited as DCC Registry Office.
  6. [S21] Headstone Photograph; , PCC [Feb 2002].
  7. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS census 1911 282/01 017/00 017 [Apr 2011].