Hull Pals Memorial Post. CPL WILLIAM DIXON 10/1356. Born 1893, the only child of Alfred and Davina Dixon. William lost his father not long after he was born and his mother died in 1908 leaving him in the care of his Aunt and Uncle at 56 Greek Street, Hull. A Painter by trade, William put down his brush for good when he enlisted for the Pals on 25th May 1915 at City Hall. He trained in Yorkshire throughout the year and shipped to Egypt to help defend Suez from the Turks that December. The Pals landed in France in March 1916, and William went through the worst the Somme and Oppy Wood could throw at him. A member of ‘A’ Company, he was killed in action on 13th April 1918 during the German Spring Offensive as the Pals held a line between Hazebrouck and Bailleul. His body was never recovered and his name is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial; he was 25 years old. An entire family line wiped out. Three ‘William Dixon’s’ died fighting for the Pals.