Peter Sydenham Dixon

Key Information

Name:Peter Sydenham Dixon
DoB: January 12 1883
Regt:Lieutenant Royal Sussex 
DoD: August 7 1918
Academic Career:  
CGS 1892 – 1897. Denstone College 1897-9, Solicitor 1906, in practice Hong Kong 1907-16
Other: son of Francis P Dixon Esq., 7, Howard Terrace.

Biographical Information

  • Peter and Arthur were the two youngest sons of Francis Peter and Jane Dixon. The family had been in cotton manufacturing for several generations, as Peter Dixon and Sons, Carlisle’s huge tower still known as Dixon’s Chimney was part of their mill. The family business had ceased to trade in 1883. Peter and Arthur’s great grandfather another Peter had established a large family home at Holme Eden, in 1861 he was there with his family and they had a dozen servants living in! Both great grandsons lived there with a large extended family.

    The Dixon family were well known in Carlisle’s political circles, their father was Mayor of Carlisle on four occasions, Peter’s great-grandfather had also been Carlisle’s mayor, his gt gt uncle had been High Sheriff of Cumberland and an M.P. Other members of the family  also held public office.

    Peter’s gt grandfather was a devout Christian and he provided the land, and paid for the construction of  St.Paul’s Church at Holme Eden near Warwick Bridge, it was consecrated by the Bishop of Carlisle in 1845.