Avery Benjamin DICKINSON


DICKINSON, Avery Benjamin

Service Number: 247
Enlisted: 21 October 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 9th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Goodwood Park, South Australia, 11 February 1890
Home Town: Black Forest, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farrier
Died: Died of wounds received at Gallipoli, "At Sea" aboard H.S. Sicilia, 22 July 1915, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at Sea
Memorials: Adelaide Grand Masonic Lodge WW1 Honour Board, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Goodwood Public School WW1 Roll of Honor, Goodwood St George Anglican Church Memorial Tower, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board, Yorketown and District of Melville Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

21 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
11 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 247, 9th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
11 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 247, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Karroo, Melbourne
22 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 247, 9th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Corporal A. B. Dickinson, who joined the second contingent as a member of the 3rd Brigade of the 9th Light Horse, was wounded in action in the Dardanelles and died on the hospital ship on July 22, and was buried at sea. He was the son of Mr. Avery Dickinson, of Black Forest. Born at Goodwood Park on February 25, 1890, he early developed a fine physique, and for some years engaged in gardening
on his father's property. Later he took up farming at Brentwood, on Yorke Peninsula. Previous to enlisting he had returned to his home, and was engaged in studies, with a view to becoming a candidate for the Methodist ministry. As a preacher he gave promise of much success. In his earlier years he was closely identified with the Unley Methodist Church, and held various offices in both church and Sunday-school. He was the first of the many young men who have gone from that church to fall, and the tidings of this death has caused much sadness in the church and Sunday-school. At the centenary celebration on Saturday last the large assemblige stood in silence as an expression of respect for the fallen hero and of sympathy with the bereaved family. A brother, Victor Dickinson, who was in the Education Department, is a member of the 27th Battalion." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 14 Aug 1915 (nla.gov.au)