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Frank Dixon

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Frank Dixon was born in Keighley on 30th July 1888 to John, a wool carder from Harrogate and Caroline Lindfield Dixon nee Gardner from Brighton. He was one of four children, though two sadly died in infancy.

He was baptised on 19th August 1888 at St. John's Church in Ingrow.

Frank Dixon's baptism record

In 1891 John, Caroline and two year old Frank, being their only child at the time, lived at Barcroft in Cross Roads.

By 1901 they had moved to 19 Bingley Road. Although only 12 years old, Frank was working part time as a wool spinner. He had two younger siblings, Eliza who was nine, and George Henry who was three months old. Sadly George died later that year.

The Dixon family on the 1901 census

At the time of the 1911 census the family had moved again, to 151 Hebden Road. John was now 74 years old but still working as a wool carder, Frank was a wool combing overlooker, both at a worsted factory. Eliza had married by then.

Frank married on 5th April 1913 at St. James' Church in Cross Roads and Lees, to Mary Elizabeth Heaton. I don't believe they had any children.

Frank and Mary's marriage record

By the outbreak of World War One Frank and Mary lived at 6 Cecil Street. Frank volunteered in May 1915 and worked at Morton Banks War Hospital and Spencer Street Auxiliary Hospital, undertaking ward duties and convoy work. He continued in this work until May 1919.

Electoral registers show Frank and Mary at 6 Cecil Street until at least 1933, though by the time of the 1939 Register they had moved to Halifax, at 5 Shibden Grange Drive. Frank was still working as a wool combing manager, but he would also go on to volunteer during World War Two as an ARP and First Aider.

The 1939 Register

Frank died on 7th February 1950 in Halifax. I believe Mary returned to Keighley and lived until 1972.


West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1935

1891 England Census

1901 England Census

1911 England Census

West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935

West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962

1939 England and Wales Register

England and Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995

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