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|Colonel Matthew Dixon, D.L., V.D., J.P.|
Commanded the 8th Battalion Worcestershire
Regiment from April 1908 to March 1911.
Matthew Dixon was born in Tardebigge,
Bromsgrove in 1860. Son of Matthew and Anne Dixon (nee Anne Walford). His father was a farmer
with 490 acres and a Coal Merchant.
He was commissioned in to the 2nd (Volunteer) Battalion Worcestershire Regiment on the 28th August 1880 with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Made Aide-de-Camp on the 15th September 1880 (Western Counties Brigade).
He served for fifteen years with this Company, commanding it for seven years. In 1903 he got command of his battalion, the 2nd (Volunteer) Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, which became the 8th Battalion on the 1st April 1908.
He relinquished command on the 18th March 1911 and retired from the Army.
Colonel Dixon offered his services on the outbreak of the Great War, and was given the important task of raising the 2/8th Battalion. Unfortunately, he was prevented by ill-health from taking overseas this fine Battalion, but he later commanded 3/7th Battalion and the Gloucester and Worcester 3rd Line Infantry Brigade. Again ill-health intervened, and he had to resign his commission in June 1916. Afterwards he was constrained to play a less active part, but he rendered valuable services as a member of the Worcestershire Territorial Association.
Appointed Lieut.-Colonel and Honorary Colonel on the 5th September 1914.
Colonel Dixon, died on 17th February 1932 (age 72) at Bromsgrove.