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4077   Private William Richard Dickson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 16/02/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 18/06/1891
Died: 16/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
William Richard Dickson was the second son of Richard and Mary Jane Dickson. He was born on 18th June 1891, one of seven children, five surviving, all born in the Dungannon area. The family lived at Lisnahull. His father was an agricultural labourer. By the time of the 1911 census, William was working as a saddler. Private William R Dickson was serving with "B" Company of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action when he was struck by a shell on 16th May 1915 during the Battle of Festubert.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Panel 16-17
CWGC Casualty 858555
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Dungannon War Memorial - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - WWI - Panel 1 Dungannon
2 St Annes Church Of Ireland - WWI Dungannon
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Holdfast Loyal Orange Lodge No 1620
2 Drumglass Boys National School, Dungannon
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Dickson family Lists Wm Richd as age 10 at house 1 in Lisnahull, Derrygortrevy, Dungannon
2 1911 Census lists Dickson family Lists Wm Richard as age 19, a saddler, at house 2 in Lisnahull, Derrygortrevy, Dungannon
3 Drumglass School Roll of Honour, 1914 William R Dickson listed Drumglass Roll of Honour 1914 Boys National School, Dungannon
4 Photo of family headstone, Castlecaulfield
5 Joseph McIntyre Arrived in France together. Joseph McIntyre mentions him in a letter home
6 National Archives UK Medal Card of brother Robert J 'Dixon', No 12769
7 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023