Friday, 22 August 2014

Scots singer reveals uncle was killed in Battle of the Somme at age 16

A hundred years after Britain declared war on Germany, a Scots singer has revealed how her Boy Scout uncle ran away to join the army at just 14 years old.
Private Dickson grew up in Dunfermline, the eldest son in a large family and the uncle of the singer Barbara Dickson.
His family managed to get him back after revealing his true age, but he left a second time and died aged 16 during the Battle of the Somme.
A letter from his father asking the commanding officer to withdraw him from the front line arrived two days after his death.
“All the family never said a word about David because granny just couldn’t face it,” Barbara told STV News.
“She could not face it. There was a photograph in a frame that hung above the piano in her best room, but I was told when I was very young not to ask granny about that.”
A contemporary newspaper report said that Private Dickson had been an enthusiastic Boy Scout and “early enamoured of a soldier’s life.”

No comments:

Post a comment

What happens when you mix what is - arguably - the world's most interesting record company, with an anarchist manic-depressive rock music historian polymath, and a method of dissemination which means that a daily rock-music magazine can be almost instantaneous?

Most of this blog is related in some way to the music, books and films produced by Gonzo Multimedia, but the editor has a grasshopper mind and so also writes about all sorts of cultural issues which interest him, and which he hopes will interest you as well.