Prisoners of War 1914-1919

Trooper Albert Dixon, Royal Horse Guards

Trooper Albert Dixon

Albert was born in Market Rasen in 1893, he was an ironmonger apprentice when he enlisted at 18 in 1912. He was over 6ft tall and suitable for the Royal Horse Guards. Trooper Dixon was in Windsor, London and when the war started, he was sent to France. Unfortunately, he was wounded and caught on 20th October 1914. His friends thought he was dead and wrote to his mother expressing their sorrow. Albert sent his sister a letter in April 1915 explaining the misunderstanding. Thorough the war he sent thank you letters to the ladies who sent him food parcels. He was returned to England on 7th December and left the Guards in December 1919.

The Prisoners often wrote home asking for food parcels and clothing. They also sent thank you letters. The ladies of Market Rasen sent many parcels. There were flag fund raising days.

Market Rasen Mail 1918

WW1 Prisoners of War

Prisoners of War lists first appeared in the Market Rasen Mail in Spring 1915. It was short only one name. Trooper Albert Dixon who was a regular soldier with the Royal Horse Guards was wounded and captured on 20th October 1914. He is first reported as dead, then amended to POW.

Prisoners of War- January 1916

Collins Edward Kitchener’s Army; Dixon Albert Royal Horse Guards; Drury JW Lincolnshire Regiment; Sims Ernest Kitchener’s Army; Tindall C Pte 1st Lincolns

Prisoners of War September 1917

Brown James Lincolnshire Territorials; Brown John Lincoln Territorials; Chessman G Lincolns; Collins Edward Kitchener’s Army; Cox Arthur 10th Lincolns; Crow Harold Lord Kitchener’s New Army; Dixon Albert Royal Horse Guards; Drury JW Lincolnshire Regiment; Elmhirst H Lincolns; Page CT Essex Regiment; Robinson E Lincolns; Sims Ernest Kitchener’s Army; Tindall C 1st Lincolns

Prisoners of War January 1918

Brown John Lincoln Territorials; Chessman G Lincolns; Codd H South Staffs; Collins Edward Kitchener’s Army; Cox Arthur 10th Lincolns; Creasey Co-Sgt-Major W Royal Warwickshire; Crow Harold Lord Kitchener’s New Army; Dixon Albert Royal Horse Guards; Drury JW Lincolnshire Regiment; Elmhirst H Lincolns; Page CT Essex Regiment; Robinson E Lincolns; Sims Ernest Kitchener’s Army; Tindall C 1st Lincolns; Whittingham H Major Royal Garrison Auxillery.

May not be a complete list.

John (Jack) Brown was the first POW to return home in December 1918