Private 19986 Fred Dyson

Killed in Action on Saturday, 28th October 1916, age 40.
Commemorated on Pier and Face 5 A and 6 C of Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

1st Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 24th Brigade of 8th Division.

Son of the late Fred and Jane Dyson; husband of Harriett Hannah Banner (formerly Dyson), of 2 Court, 2 House, Aston St., Toll End, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 26th March 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and St. Mark's memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/752574/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Frederick Dyson registered September quarter 1876 in Dudley. This would make him 40, not 37 as shown by the CWGC. Possibly he told a lie about his age at enlistment.

1891 Census
4 Court 6 House, Horseley Heath, Tipton, Staffs.
Frederick Dyson (57, Wood Sawyer, born Tibberton, Worcs), his wife Jane (58, born Coseley), and 4 of their children: Emily (29, General Servant, born Tipton), Ada (18, General Servant, born Tipton), Frederick (14, born Tipton), and Emma (5, born Tipton).

1901 Census
77 Horseley Heath, Tipton, Staffs.
Frederick Dyson (67, Wood Sawyer, born Tibberton, Worcs), his wife Jane (68, born Coseley), and 3 of their children: Ada (28, born Tipton), Frederick (25, Labourer in Brickyard, born Tipton), and Emma (15, born Tipton).

Marriage of Frederick Dyson and Harriet Hannah Tudor registered December quarter 1902 in Dudley.

1911 Census
2 House 2 Court, Aston Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Frederick Dyson (30, Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Harriet (29, born Tipton), and their 2 surviving children of 3: Emma Jane (8, born Tipton), and Frederick (3, born Tipton).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

During September 1916, the Allies had gained the villages of Flers, Gueudecourt and Morval, for once giving the advantage of the high ground. The next objective was the low ridge between Gueudecourt and the village of Le Transloy - the Transloy Ridges.

In mid-October the 1st Worcesters returned to the Somme from Bethune, and on the 19th October took over part of the front line beyond Gueudecourt. The 1st Worcesters were in the line from 20th to 22nd October, and again from 25th to 30th October. A heavy artillery exchange, in preparation for an allied attack on the 23rd, caused heavy losses for the Worcesters.

Between the 20th and 30th October, when the 1st Worcesters were withdrawn, 35 Other Ranks died. About midnight of 27th October a large ration party, carrying food to the front line was heavily shelled, and about twenty were killed and wounded. Six Other Ranks were killed on the 27th and 8 on the 28th, some of whom would have been in the ration party. It is possible that Fred Dyson was killed during that incident.

Fred Dyson has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Gazette 27th January 1917
KILLED. Worcesters- Dyson, 19986, F., (Tipton).