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223772   Sister Ruth Hannah Dickson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 02/02/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 15/05/1890
Died: 24/12/1944 (Prisoner of War)
Age: 54
Ruth Hannah Dickson was the daughter of Joseph Alexander and Lydia Ann Dickson. She was born on 15th May 1890. Ruth was the third of eight children, all born in the Benburb area. She served as a nurse in WW1. In 1923, she became a Presbyterian Missionary nurse in Manchuria, China. In September, 1941, she got caught up in the war and enlisted as a nurse. In 1943 Ruth was captured and became a Japanese prisoner of war. Late in 1944, she contracted malaria and died on Christmas Eve, 24th December 1944.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Jakarta War Cemetery
Grave Ref: Grave V-H-7
CWGC Casualty 2170614
Jakarta (Djakarta) lies on the north-west coast of the island of Java. Jakarta War Cemetery is in the suburb of Menteng Poeloe, 11 kilometres from the city centre and is adjacent to the Netherlands Field of Honour, Jakarta Selatam (South Jakarta). It can be reached by two main roads - Jalan Dr Saharto and Jalan Casablanca.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Moy War Memorial - WWII Moy
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Dickson family Does not list Ruth as living with the family at house 11 in Carrowcolman, Benburb, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Dickson family Lists Ruth H as age 20 living with the family at house 10 in Carrowcolman, Benburb, Tyrone
3 Britain at War - ROH Detailed biography and photo of the missionary nurse in Manchuria
4 Photo of Sister Ruth Hannah Dickson's gravestone
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here (WW1)
6 SS Kuala Biography of Sister Ruth Hannah Dickson'
7 War Graves Photographic Project (1) Photo of Sister Ruth Hannah Dickson's gravestone can be purchased here
8 War Graves Photographic Project (2) Photo of Sister Ruth Hannah Dickson's family memorial
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023