John Dimmer

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John Henry Stephen Dimmer
Born 9 October 1883
Lambeth, Surrey, England
Died 21 March 1918 (aged 34)
Marteville, France
Buried at Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1902 - 1918
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit King's Royal Rifle Corps
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross
Military Cross

Lieutenant Colonel John Henry Stephen Dimmer VC MC (9 October 1883 – 21 March 1918) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Born on 9 October 1883, Dimmer was 31 years old, married,[1] and a lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, The King's Royal Rifle Corps, and was awarded the VC for his actions on 12 November 1914 at Klein Zillebeke, Belgium.


This Officer served his machine gun during the attack on the 12 November at Klein Zillebeke until he had been shot five times - three times by shrapnel and twice by bullets, and continued at his post until his gun was destroyed

— The London Gazette, 19 November 1914[2]

Dimmer later achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was killed in action at Marteville, France on 21 March 1918 and was buried at Vadencourt British Cemetery in Maissemy.[1]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester, England.


  1. ^ a b Dimmer, John Henry Stephen, Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  2. ^ "(Supplement) no. 28980". The London Gazette. 17 November 1914. p. 9513. Retrieved 11 May 2015.