Private Herbert Spencer Dickinson

Service Number 600
Birth Date 20 December 1891
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Childers
Death Date 25 September 1917
Death Place Belgium: Flanders, West-Vlaanderen, Polygon Wood
Final Rank Private
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 4 October 1917 on page 2624 at position 167
London Gazette 1 June 1917 on page 5423 at position 27

Herbert Spencer Dickinson was born at Thorpdale, Victoria on 20 December 1891 to parents Thomas and Clara. An accountant by trade, he enlisted at Prahran on 17 August 1914 at the age of 22. Enlisting with the 5th Infantry Battalion, Dickinson was allocated the rank of private. He departed Melbourne aboard HMAT Orvieto on 21 October 1914. After serving with his unit at Gallipoli, he was transferred in February 1916 to the 57th Infantry Battalion and sent to the Western Front in France. Dickinson was quickly promoted through the ranks, gaining his first promotion to lance corporal in September 1914 and becoming a captain by May 1916. Whilst serving with the 57th Infantry Battalion he was mentioned in the despatches of General Douglas Haig on 9 April 1917. Dickinson was killed in action at Polygon Wood in Belgium on 25 September 1917. He was 25 years old. Herbert Dickinson is buried at The Huts Cemetery, Belgium.

Rolls

  • Roll of Honour

    Rank
    Captain
    Fate
    Killed in action
    Date of Fate
    Service
    Australian Army
    Unit
    57th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Private
    Place of Embarkation
    Melbourne
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Orvieto A3
    Date of Embarkation
    21 October 1914
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    57th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain
    London Gazette
    1 June 1917 on page 5423 at position 27
    Commonwealth Gazette
    4 October 1917 on page 2624 at position 167
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Service Order
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    03 March 1917
    Unit
    57th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    09 March 1917
    Unit
    57th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain

Timeline

Date of birth 1891-12-20
Date of embarkation 1914-10-21
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-03-03
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-03-09
Date of death 1917-09-25

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