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Charles Dix (1884-1918)

Hartlepool ironworker served as a stoker in the Royal Naval Reserve on HM Motor Lighter X138

Charles Dix was born in Hartlepool on 24 March 1884. Little is known of his early family life other than he had a brother called Chris Dix. In 1911, whilst working as an iron foundry labourer, Charles was a boarder at 17 High Casebourne Road, Hartlepool.

Charles was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and saw active service from the outbreak of war or shortly afterwards. On 28 February 1918, he was one of six crew members lost when HM Motor Lighter X138 was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea. His body was not recovered for burial and he was honoured on the Chatham Naval Memorial. His friend Julia Hare of 12 The Parade, Eccles, Lancashire was notified of his death. He was remembered on three memorials in Hartlepool.

Charles Dix was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal for his service in World War One. His medals were sent to his brother.

Civil Parish: Hartlepool

Birth date: 24-Mar-1884

Death date: 28-Feb-1918

Armed force/civilian: Navy

Family: Siblings: Chris Dix

Military service:

Royal Naval Reserve
HM Motor Lighter x138

Medal(s): 1914-15 Star
Victory Medal
British War Medal

Memorial(s): Chatham Naval Memorial
Book of Remembrance Fallen 1914-18, Hartlepool
Harbour Light 1914-18, Hartlepool
Roll of Honour Men of West Hartlepool 1914-18

Gender: Male

Contributed by David D, Stanley, Co Durham

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