Biography

Birth date: 20 December 1891
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Childers
Death date: 25 September 1917
Death place: Western Front: Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area, Polygon Wood
Final rank: Captain
Service number: 600 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 5th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 57th Australian Infantry Battalion

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 and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of Death: 25 September 1917
  • Unit: 57th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 21 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 57th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 57th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 57th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

P03190.001

Studio portrait of Captain (Capt) Herbert Spencer Dickinson, 57th Battalion, of Malvern, Vic, Capt Dickinson enlisted on 17 August 1914 and served at Gallipoli and France. He was killed in action on 25 September 1917 at Polygon Wood, Belgium. Capt Dickinson was born in Childers, Vic, and educated...

P03190.001

P00591.020

FRANCE, C. 1917. GROUP PORTRAIT OF OFFICERS PROBABLY FROM THE 57TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION. CAPTAIN DICKINSON, SECOND FROM RIGHT, FRONT ROW.

P00591.020

Private Record

Dickinson, Herbert Spencer (Captain)

Collection relating to service of Captain Herbert Spencer Dickinson, 57 Battalion, At Sea and France, 1914-1917. Collection includes a handwritten copy of a narrative of the Sydney - Emden encounter and extracts from a diary. Copy probably made by Dickinson's mother in response to a request by... Maker: Dickinson, Herbert Spencer

1DRL/0242 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Transcribed extract from diary of Herbert Spencer Dickinson, 1914

Transcipt of an extract from a diary relating to the First World War service of 600 Private Herbert Spencer Dickinson, 57th Battalion. The original extract was written by Herbert Dickinson on 9 November 1914 and provides a detailed description of the Sydney-Emden battle.

RCDIG0000177

Extracts from diary of Herbert Spencer Dickinson, 1916-1917

Handwritten extracts from a diary relating to the First World War service of Captain Herbert Spencer Dickinson, 57th Battalion. The extracts cover the period between 14 December 1916 and 15 April 1917 and describe Herbert Dickinson's experiences in the trenches in France.

RCDIG0000178

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