Born: 1877, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

Died: 21st December 1914; age: 37; KiA – Allonagne. Hit and killed instantaneously – next to Lieut. C. Catchpole who saw him fall.

Employed: at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works

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.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 9.

Le Touret Memorial,

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.

Phoebe, 34.

Emma, 12.

George, 10.

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.

Daniel, 7.

Charlie, 4.


In 1903, Ipswich, Daniel married Alice Elvina May, born June 1881, Ipswich.

They had 4 children:

Daniel Dixey, born February 1904, Ipswich.

Elsie May Dixey, born April 1905, Ipswich.

Charlie Dixey, born February 1907, Ipswich.

Irene Dixey, born January 1912, Ipswich.

 Ipswich Police Court The Evening Star, Monday 9th April 1906

Alleged refusal to quit. John Sadler, shoemaker, Bacon’s buildings St. George’s Street, was charged with having refused to quit the licensed premises known as Criterion.-Alfred Aldous, the landlord said that at about ten o’clock on the night of Saturday week, defendant came to house the worst for drink, and began quarreling with people in the bar, one of whom he struck. He would not leave when first ordered, but did so when ordered out a second time.- Mr Josselyn elected that defendant, who is very deaf, did not hear the first order to leave, and was only in house for or five minutes.-  Samuel Ellis deposed that Jack Sadler (defendant) came in and struck him on the face, and Daniel Dixey. In his evidence, said that the defendant insulted the landlord by saying, “your beer is like you- no good” – The defendant, who looked good tempered enough, told rather an odd story. “ I was passing the open door of the Criterion” he said “I saw this man Ellis in there. I had an animus against him for doing me out of a job at Norwich, so I looked in and said “Sam, I should like to give you a good hiding’ That is all I did say. I walked out directly, and if that’s refusing to quit- well it’s that’s the latest !” The Magistrate imposed a fine of 5s.

Soldiers’ Effects to Mrs. Alice Elvina Dixey – widow.


Daniel is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Nicholas Church, Ipswich, and also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.


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
Machine Gun
Expeditionary Force

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
I remain
your loving
Brother & Son
Ted Spinks

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