Duncan Cenotaph

As part of our project to document the names on the Duncan Cenotaph in Charles Hoey Park, here is a page about Lance Corporal Hubert William Dickinson, who died 13 June 1916, aged 22, in France while serving with the 16th Battalion, C.E.F.. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.

Here is the local Cowichan Leader newspaper reports of the death of Lance Corporal Hubert William Dickinson:

“Private Hubert Dickinson, 16th Battalion, was included in the list of wounded sent May 27th. He is a son of Mr. J.W. Dickinson, clerk to the municipality of North Cowichan. His home is in Duncan. [note: the Commonwealth War Graves Commission says his father was “the late Rev. John William Dickinson””

(Source: Cowichan Leader, 3 June 1916, from Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives files)


Killed Lce. Cpl. Hubert Dickinson

The deep sympathy of the district is with Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Dickinson, Duncan, in the loss they were apprised of yesterday. Their son, Lce. Cpl. Hubert Dickinson, 77639, was killed in action recently. He was aged about 23 and was employed by the Island Lumber Co., Duncan. He left with the 30th Bn. and was transferred to the 16th Bn., with which he was wounded last May at Festubert. He is the second member of the Duncan Fire Brigade to lay down his life for the cause, Pte. W. Burgess being the other. His younger brother Albert is serving with the C.A.M.C.”

(Source: Cowichan Leader, 29 June 1916, from Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives files)

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