Captain Thomas Graeme DICKSON


Regiment/Service:
Royal Army Medical Corps
Unit:
n/a
Service Number:
n/a
Date of Death:
27 April 1920 - Died
Age:
53
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Reference:
North of the Church


Personal History:

Thomas was born in Buxton on the 22nd August 1867, the eldest son of Francis Kennedy L.R.C.P. (Medical Practitioner) and Isabel Catherine (née Inglis) Dickson. He had 3 younger siblings, Mary Isabel Katherine, Jane Muriel and Francis Henry.

In 1881 (Census RG 11/664) Thomas was living with his aunts, Mary and Isabel Dickson, at 'The Vicarage'. Trinity Road, Streatham, London.
Ten years later (1891 Census RG 12/2778) Thomas had returned to live with his parents and siblings in
Buxton at Wye House Asylum, Corbar Road [see picture right], where his father was "Physician' F.R.C.P.,
Proprietor of Asylum, Justice of Peace for Derbyshire", as he had been in 1881. Thomas was a 'Student
of Medicine'.

In the March quarter 1898 Thomas married Elizabeth Lister Farrar at St. Mary's Church, Crumpsall,
Manchester. The 1901 Census (RG 13/3210) shows that Thomas was now a qualified "Physician and
Surgeon" living at 25 High Street, Long Eaton. The whereabouts of Elizabeth and their first child,
Katherine, cannot be found. Later they lived at Merse Cottage, Bakewell, Derbyshire.

After his father's death in February 1907, Thomas took over as "Medical Superintendent" at Wye House Asylum, and the 1911 Census (RG 14/21236) shows him living there with his wife and their two children, Katherine and Elizabeth.

Thomas' Probate Records show that he died on board S.S. Neuralia, in the Royal Albert Docks, London. His estate amounted to £3065 [a minimum relative value of £107,400.00 today (2014)]. His estate was left to his brother, Dr. Francis Henry Dickson, and Henry James Grierson (a Scottish solicitor). [Thomas' wife, Elizabeth, continued to live in Bakewell until her death in the March quarter 1956.]

[N.B. The S.S. Neuralia [see picture right] was built in 1912 at Barclay Curle & Co., Glasgow. She saw
action in the Mediterranean in 1915, most notably at Suvla Bay and Salonika as a hospital ship, she
then saw service in the Indian Ocean.

She returned to the UK in March 1916 and remained on station with the Home Fleet until September
1918 when she was converted to an ambulance transport and remained as such until July 1919.]

Military History:
Thomas' Service Records do not appear to have survived; however, his Medal Index Card (MIC)
shows that he entered the War after the end of 1915. The MIC does not show any entitlement to
the War Medal or Victory, neither does Thomas' name appear on the 'WWI Service Medal and
Award Rolls' which makes it very likely he did not serve overseas.

'The London Gazette' of the 4th June 1918 reported that Thomas had relinquished his Commission
as 'Temporary Captain' effective from the 8th May 1918. He died on board the The S.S. Neuralia
[see above], which for the likely period of his Service would seem to have been a Hospital Ship,
based in home waters. He was buried in his local Churchyard, in his parents' plot, even though his
family home is recorded on his MIC and Probate Records as being at Merse Cottage, Bakewell,
Derbyshire.

Thomas does not have a CWGC headstone, but his inscription lies below that of his father on an
ornate headstone, and they lie in a fenced plot in a prominent position in the Churchyard. [At the
time of their deaths Wye House Asylum - see above - on Corbar Road, lay within Fairfield Parish,
hence their burial in the Churchyard.]

The grave plot, plus a transcript of the inscription, is shown on the right. In 1932 Thomas' mother,
Isabel Catherine, was buried with her husband and son, as was Thomas' unmarried sister,
Jane Muriel,after her death in 1938.


Commemorated on:
Because of the date of his death Thomas' name is not included in any of the Town and local
Memorials.
Link to CWGC Record
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Henry Cresswell's grave

FRANCIS KENNEDY DICKSON
Physician OF BUXTON
FELLOW OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS
AND THE ROYAL COLLEGE
OF SURGEONS OF EDINBURGH
WHO DIED ON THE 2ND DAY
OF FEB. 1907
AGED 64 YEARS.

AND OF
THOMAS GRAEME DICKSON
L.R.C.P. & S. EDIN
ELDEST SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED APRIL 28TH 1920
AGED 52 YEARS

ALSO OF
ISOBEL CATHERINE DICKSON
WIFE OF
FRANCIS KENNEDY DICKSON
WHO DIED 28TH JUNE 1932
AGED 88 YEARS

ALSO OF JANET MURIEL DICKSON
WHO DIED FEB 4TH 1938 AGED 62 YEARS