Edward Thompson Dickson

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Edward Thompson Dickson
Born 16 July 1850
Died 23 August 1938 (aged 88)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1869 – 1912
Rank Major General
Unit 49th Regiment of Foot
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Commands held 1st Royal Berkshire Regiment
GOC West Africa
West Lancashire Division
Home Counties Division

Edward Thompson Dickson (16 July 1850 – 23 August 1938) was a British Army general officer, who commanded two Territorial Force divisions before the First World War.

He was born in St. Helier, Jersey, the son of Major-General E. J. Dickson and his wife Louisa Maria Dickson. After studying at Cheltenham College and the Royal Military College Sandhurst, he was commissioned into the 49th Regiment of Foot in 1869. He married Helene Frances Harvey, eldest daughter of Colonel W. F. Harvey, in 1878, and they had one daughter.[1]

In the Suakin Expedition of 1885 he saw action at the Battles of Suakin, Hasheen, Tofrek, and Ginnis, and was appointed brigade-major in the Sudan Field Force.[2] He was later appointed to command the 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment from 1891 to 1895, and the 49th Regimental District from 1897 to 1902.[1] In 1902 he was appointed to the staff in Barbados,[2] and in 1905 promoted to the post of General Officer Commanding the forces in West Africa. In 1906 he returned to England as the Major-General responsible for administration in Eastern Command, a post he held until 1908. That year, he was appointed the first General Officer Commanding of the newly formed West Lancashire Division in the Territorial Force, and in 1909 took command of the Home Counties Division. He remained in command of the division until 1912, when he retired to Tunbridge Wells.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Who Was Who
  2. ^ a b Times obituary


  • "DICKSON, Major-General Edward Thompson", in Who Was Who (Online ed.). A & C Black. 2007. 
  • Obituary in The Times, p. 13, 24 August 1938
Military offices
Preceded by
General Officer Commanding the West Lancashire Division
Succeeded by
Preceded by
General Officer Commanding the Home Counties Division
Succeeded by