Born: 1877, Ipswich.
Died: 21st December 1914; age: 37; KiA – Allonagne. Hit and killed instantaneously – next to Lieut. C. Catchpole who saw him fall.
Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 17th October 1914; Occupation: Labourer.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 2347
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Pas de Calais,
1881 22, Navarre Street, Ipswich.
Daniel was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Daniel Dixey, 26, a Cabinet Maker, born Maldon, Essex.
Phoebe Dixey (nee Rivett), born Kirton, Suffolk.
Emma Dixey, 2, born Ipswich.
George Dixey, 11 months, born Ipswich.
1891 15, Navarre Street, Ipswich.
Daniel was 13 years old a Machine Minder – Printers. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Daniel, 36, a Cabinet Maker.
Sophia, 6, born Ipswich.
Phoebe Florence Dixey, 5, born Ipswich.
William Charles Dixey, 3, born Ipswich.
Bertha Elizabeth Dixey, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 5, Portman Road, Ipswich.
Daniel was 33 years old, a Painter’s Labourer. He was married and Head of the Household.
Alice, 29, worked at a Corset Factory.
In 1903, Ipswich, Daniel married Alice Elvina May, born 1881, Ipswich. They had 4 children:
Daniel Dixey, born 1904, Ipswich.
Elsie May Dixey, born 1905, Ipswich.
Charlie Dixey, born 1907, Ipswich.
Irene Dixey, born 1912, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Mrs. Alice Elvina Dixey – widow.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion:
On 20th December 1914 the 4th Battalion the Suffolk’s reached the village of Givenchy next to La Bombe Crossroads, near Neuve-Chapelle, and La Bassée Canal. Setting out from the village of Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée, B Company crossed the canal and joined the 1st Manchester Regiment at the Village line. C- Company on the edge of the canal rise and D-Company in the support trenches at the brewery. A-Company became the reserve in Cuinchy. During that afternoon the Germans attacked and captured a large part of the village but were repelled by the 1st Battalion the Manchester Regiment and “B”- Company 4th Suffolk Regiment Casualties were recorded as “light” this was one of the first battles the 4th Battalion took part in of the defence of Givenchy. 22nd December the Battalion left the line returning to Beuvry.
Letter from Edward Spinks:
Pte E Spinks
4th Batt Suffk Regt
Dec 31st 1914
My dear sister Father and all I am going on well and hope you are all the same. I received your parcel and many thanks. We had a most enjoyable Xmas under the circumstances. The menu I have sent in Mabels letter. I am sorry to say that we lost one of our gunners when we were in action. His name is Dan Dixey and lives in Portman St. His boys go to Aubreys school so of course he would know them. Thank George for the cigarettes he sent me. And also Aubrey for the sweets. I had a letter from Mr. Bacon the other day and am now going to answer it. I have not got much to write about this time. We are in billets and are all well. Ask George to thank Mrs. Green for the things she sent and wish her a bright and happy new year. Now I must close wishing you all a bright new year
Brother & Son