DICKINS, ALBERT GEORGE
5566, Private, 25th and 26th Battalion.
b. 1879 West End, Brisbane, Qld.
Enlisted: 8 April 1916, Brisbane, Qld.
d. 15.01.1963 Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Next of Kin: Mrs. Emily Paradine – Sister.
Parents: George Dickins and Eliza Trattles.
Albert George Dickins joined the army as a single man in 1916. His records describe him as a man of smaller stature – 5 feet 4½ inches, with fair hair and grey eyes.
On 17th February 1917, he was sent to the war theatre in France on the Clan McGillivray but was wounded in action 10th March 1917 with a gunshot wound to his right knee. On 14th March, Dickins was shipped to Kitchener’s Military Hospital in Brighton for treatment and rehabilitation.
By June 1918 he was back in France, fighting for King and country and on 26th October 1918, he was transferred to the 26th Battalion. Dickins was returned to Australia on the Persic on 2nd September 1919 and was honourably discharged 18th October 1919. Later electoral rolls show Albert as a labourer living at Canungra in 1913; Brunswick Street Brisbane in 1925 then Palmwoods some time before 1936 until his death in 1963. He was buried in the Military Section of Woombye Cemetery.
Source: National Archives of Australia
From the Genealogy Sunshine Coast publication
“AND THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER…”
REMEMBERING MILITARY PERSONNEL IN THE OLD MAROOCHY SHIRE CEMETERIES – BOOK 1, WOOMBYE
'Dicky' is not included in the Adopt a Digger database as he falls outside our criteria of living in the district before 1925. He is included in this gallery as he has lived in the district later in his life and is buried in a Sunshine Coast cemetery. Importantly, as a WW1 digger he still deserves to be recognised and commemorated by our project.