Indigenous Australian, Private Bertie (Albert) DIXON, 25th Infantry Battalion.
Bertie DIXON was born in Springsure, Qld to Richard and Jemima Dixon (Leopold) in 1894. He volunteered to serve with the first AIF in August 1917, aged 23.
Bertie was working as a stockman at Goathlands station, south of Springsure, his brother Percy Dixon had already enslisted in March 1916 and was serving overseas.
Bertie Dixon trained at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera before embarking from Sydney on board the troopship HMAT Canberra in November 1917 bound for England.
Dixon joined his Battalion in France in April 1918 where that year they were engaged in operations at Morlancourt, Hamel, Amiens and along the Somme Valley.
On 28 May 1918 Private Percy Dixon was severely wounded in the abdomen, shot while serving in the front lines at Merricourt.
Dixon was evacuated to England for treatment, but never returned to active service. He was returned to Australia just prior to the Armistice in October 1918.
Bertie Dixon returned to work as a stockman and married Ethel Francis Cook in 1922, together they raised 8 children. He continued to suffer from the wound received at the Western Front, but lived until he was 100 years old.
Read more …
- Service record: DIXON, Bertie
- Embarkation roll: 21st Reinf. 25th Infantry Battalion
- One of the soldiers featured in SLQ’s HistoryPin Collection
- View the whole Collection: Indigenous enlistment
- Queensland’s Indigenous Servicemen Digital Story and Oral History
Marg Powell & Des Crump | QANZAC100, State Library of Queensland