Ginchy, Monument Major Cédric Charles Dickens

Historical Information (Wikipedia)

This cross commemorates Major Cedric Charles Dickens, who was killed at this location on September 9, 1916.  His grave is not known, he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.  13th Bn. /London Regt (Kensington) Battalion.  Killed in action 9 September 1916. No known grave.

 

Major DICKENS, CEDRIC CHARLES

Died 09/09/1916  Aged 27

13th (Kensington) Bn. London Regiment

Mentioned in Despatches

Son of Sir Henry Dickens KC., and Lady Dickens of 8 Mulberry Walk, Chelsea, London. Grandson of the famous writer, Charles Dickens.

Cedric Charles Dickens was the grandson of the author, Charles Dickens. He was born on 8 March 1889, educated at Eton and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, took a commission in his territorial battalion in 1909 and qualified as a solicitor in March 1913. Mobilised as a captain on 16 August 1914 he went to France on 3 November and suffered a wound to his shoulder early the following year. Dickens gained his majority in December 1915 and commanded a company in the Battle of the Somme. The Londons suffered badly at Gommecourt but he survived without a scratch.

 

As part of 56th Division, 13 Bn. Londons were engaged at Bouleaux Wood when Dickens gallantly took a party north to cover a gap. Unknown to him their left flank was open due to the Irish Division having been held up at the Quadrilateral and it was heavy machine gun fire from that strongpoint which first wounded and then killed him. His men buried him in the shell hole where he fell.  A year later his men returned and Pte J F Tucker recounted in his book "Johnny Get Your Gun" how he helped make a cross and wooden rails for Major Dickens' grave. A photograph of it appears in the book.