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John Dyson


John Dyson was born in Colne, Lancashire in August 1884 to Alfred and Sarah A. Dyson. He had an elder sister Clara (aged 3). Alfred was a Bread Baker by trade and Sarah a Votton Weaver.

Early Life

By the time of the 1891 Census, the Dyson family were living at 26 Chancery St. Burnley by the Burnley Market Hall, where Sarah was a Coffee Tavern Proprietress.

Chester College

John attended Chester College and left in 1908. He went on to teach at St. Jude’s School in Ancoats, Manchester from 1908 until enlisting in the Armed Forces. In the 1911 Census he is recorded as living at 208 Church Lane, in Moston, Manchester as a lodger whilst teaching at an elementary school. He was 26 years old at this time and single. Another resident in the household was his mother, Sarah Anne Dyson (aged 51), who was employed as the Housekeeper.

Military Service

John enlisted into the 18th Manchester Regiment as Private John Dyson 9973 on July 5, 1914, and was later promoted to Corporal on December 28, 1915

Lest We Forget

John was killed in action on July 30, 1916, after initially being reported as missing earlier that day.

Post Mortem

By virtue of his service in 1916, John was awarded the British War and Victory medals and the 1916 Star. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, the largest Commonwealth Memorial to missing servicemen in the world with no known graves.