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  cap badgePrivate David Collie Dillon

17th Battalion Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Commercial)
Service No: 28859

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of William and Margaret Craig Dillon. Husband of Elizabeth Burns Dillon (18/11/1892- ) of 239 Main St, Coatbridge. Father of 2 children, Hugh Martin Dillon (09/01/1913- ) and David Dillon (14/03/1917- ). David also had a stepdaughter Elizabeth Martin (28/01/1915- ). From the 1901 Census - Address - 2h East Stewart St, Coatbridge - William Dillon aged 40, Margaret Dillon aged 34, Elizabeth Dillon aged 15, Patrick Dillon aged 13, William Dillon aged 11, Margaret Collie Dillon aged 10 (27/01/1891-04/04/1983), Lillias Dillon aged 8, David Collie Dillon aged 7, James Dillon aged 4, Agnes Dillon aged 3 and Janet Craig Dillon aged 1. David's brother Private William Dillon of the 9th Battalion Seaforth Highland and his cousin Private William Dillon of the Royal Scots Fusiliers also fell.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 239 Main St, Coatbridge.

Died

Killed in Action 18/11/1916 at Ancre

Enlisted

Coatbridge 1914

Employed

Iron Works Labourer / Reservist.

Age

22 / DOB - 22/07/1894

Buried / Remembered

Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 15 C), Somme, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916. On the high ground overlooking the Somme River in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place, stands the Thiepval Memorial. Towering over 45 metres in height, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world. On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, 13 divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July.

Additional Information

David is listed as DILLION on the Thiepval Memorial and with the CWGC. David was wounded in 1915. David died at Ancre on the last day of the Battle of the Somme, one of 253 HLI men who fell that day. His elder brother William of the Seaforth Highlanders was killed 6 months later. His cousin William of the Royal Scots Fusiliers was killed in 1914 (see Directory for both mens pages). Also remembered in the St Patrick's Roll of Honour (book) (see photos for more Family information x 2). A huge thank you to Robert D Corrins for sending me a copy of his St Patrick's and the Great War book. See photos for David's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Thiepval Memorial x 2 and the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge.

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