N. Mark, MC Dillon

DILLON, Colonel Mark, MC

Norman Margrave Dillon was born on July 27th 1896. He started work as a mining engineer, but hated the dirt and smell of the mine and quickly volunteered for the Northumberland Fusiliers, at the outbreak of war in 1914. His pay was 5s 3d (26p) which was mostly spent on food, as officers at this time did not get food rations.

Dillon landed in France on September 15th 1915 and marched 25 miles a day to reach the battlefield at Loos. He began using his previous training for mining and counter-mining operations, but soon transferred to the 2nd Battalion, Heavy Branch Machine Gun Corps, which later became the Tank Corps. He fought at Cambrai in 1917, was wounded three times, and was twice "mentioned in despatches", as well as being awarded the Military Cross. The later was awarded for diverting a tank attack, which he realised was heading for a German artillery position. This involved running across the battlefield to warn the tank commanders, as there was no radio communications. He was carrying his "swagger stick" and was wounded in the hand by splinters, when a bullet hit it.

Following the war, he instructed at Bovington, where D E Lawrence took notes of his lectures in Arabic. In 1925 he was posted to India, where he was badly injured in a riding accident, returning to England in 1934, before being posted to Egypt. At the outbreak of World War 2 he worked at the War Office assessing new weapons, including the Canal Defence Light (CDL).

Norman Dillon retired in 1947 and became a farmer, later becoming involved in local politics. He died in 1997 at the age of 101.

MILITARY CROSS

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WAR MEDAL

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