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83656 Private Eric Sydney Dickerson

Eric Sydney Dickerson was born in Wellington on the 6th July 1894 the only son of Anna Amy and Clifton Henry Dickerson. Eric had an older sister Dorice Mary Adeline Dickerson born in 1893.[i]

Clifton Henry Dickerson, originally from London, came to New Zealand as a youth and entered the drapery trade working for a number of firms but by 1914 owned the Dickerson & Co, Victoria Street, Wellington.[ii]

The Dickerson family purchased, in 1914, the Horokiwi Valley farm, Arawa, as a weekend farm. In 1916 with the death of
his father Eric Sydney Dickerson took over the running of the farm[iii].

The 7th Military Service Ballot, held in May 1917, selected men  from the Horokiwi Riding were the following men:[iv]

Dickerson E. S., Pahauatanui
Galloway E. D.,  Pahautanui
Harris H.,           Pahautanui

On the 11th July  1917 Eric Sydney Dickerson married Marjory Louise Brice. Marjory was the eldest daughter of Sidney Brice, Goldies Brae, Wellington.[v]

Eric Sydney Dickerson is listed as a self employed farmer, from Pahauatanui when he entered Featherston Military Camp on the 18th June 1918. 83656 Private Eric Sydney Dickerson had previously been medically passed as C2 and on re-examination in Featherston this was confirmed. A C2 classification meant that Private Dickerson was suitable for service within New Zealand but not for active war service.

On the 29th June 1918 Private Dickerson was granted leave and returned to Pauatahanui and farming.

Notes
Pahautanui was the early spelling used for  Pauatahanui
Neither Ernest David Galloway or H Harris have a military file

References
NZ BDM
Paperspast Online
Pauatahanui – a local history: Helen Reilly

Photo
Featherston Military Camp - 

[i] NZ BDM
[ii] Death Notice C H Dickerson, 16th December 1917, Evening Post
[iii] Dickerson family, Pauatahanui – A local history
[iv] Ballot, 12th May 1917,
[v] Marriage Notice Dickerson-Brice, 3rd November 1917, Evening Post