Rank or Title
Date of Birth
8 Jan 1895
Date of Death
13 Nov 1916
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
Soldier or Civilian
Sergeant Jim Dickman of 2/5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment was born in Luton on 8th January 1895.
Aged 16 he is working as a stonemason's labourer & living with his family in the High Street, Leagrave, Luton. The 1911 census also shows that his father James is 50 years old & working as a carpenter & joiner, his mother Elizabeth Martha 40, is at home looking after Ivy, 14 & 10 year old Bill (William). Jim's older sister Daisy is 19 years old & working as in ironer in a laundry.
In February 1913 aged 18, Jim marries Phylis Grace Halfpenny.
No service record survives, but we do know that Jim spent the duration of the war in the UK, as the battalion was on home duty. In January 1915 they were based in Newmarket, then in June 1916, Harrogate. In October 1916 Jim was stationed in Darlington, whilst Phylis was expecting a child. Edward was born in December 1916, just 1 month after Jim had died on 13th November 1916.
Jim is buried in the cemetery on Crawley Green Road.