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John Rhodes Dickson

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johnenigma Report 19 Dec 2010 19:20

Hi I am trying to find out about the medical records and army service records of John Rhodes Dickson born April 27 1867, in Arouca, Trinidad, died April 8 1941.
I know he was educated at Edinburgh University and that he joined the army as a doctor in WW1, but can't find any records of his service.
He married Daphne Helen Sim and returned to Trinidad after war service.
Was he decorated and where did he serve?
Thank you in anticipation.
John Dickson


Ozibird Report 19 Dec 2010 19:47

This is his obituary in the British Medical Journal, but doesn't tell of his war service.


mac Report 19 Dec 2010 19:58

There are a couple of records at the National Archives you could check:
Reference CO 448/35 Files. Nos. 47171-47468.

For Imperial Service Order (ISO): Companions:
Fernand Ross, Esq. Deputy Inspector General of the Police, Mauritius.
William Anthony Baker, Esq. Surveyor General, Jamaica.
Charles Percival Bethel, Esq. Assistant Colonial Secretary, Bahama Islands.
Cheng Cheuk-Hin, Esq. Clerk, Public Works Department, Hong Kong.
Peter James Julyan, Esq. Clerk, Public Works Department, Hong Kong.
Henry James Norton, Esq. Chief Inspector and Storekeeper, Revenue Branch, Treasury, Gibraltar.
Ephraim Godman Taylor, Esq. African Assistant Treasurer, Sierra Leone.
John Rhodes Dickson, Esq. MB, Deputy Surgeon-General and Medical Inspector of Health, Trinidad.

And ref: CO 448/36 Files: Nos 48205-48403 and Nos 49058-49379
For Order of the British Empire (Civil Division): OBE.
Angus Leicester Butler, Esq. Nominated Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council of Nigeria.
John Rhodes Dickson, Esq. MB. Deputy Surgeon-General and Medical Inspector of Health, Colony of Trinidad and Tobago.

Just do an exact search on his name on NA website.


johnenigma Report 19 Dec 2010 20:12

Hi Ozibird, Thank you for yor reply I have found his obituary in the BMJ.
Hi mac, Thank you for your reply I will follow these leads up.


Ozibird Report 19 Dec 2010 20:21

Happy hunting.



mac Report 19 Dec 2010 20:32

There is someone on this site that has access to WW1 records, but can't find his thread. Try changing your subject line to include WW1 record.


TootyFruity Report 19 Dec 2010 21:00

England Andrews Newspaper Index Card 1790 - 1970 on Ancestry

John Rhodes Dickson commonly called John Dickson deceased. Notice is hereby given that after expiration of eight days APPLICATION will be made in the Principal Probate Registry of the High Court of Justice for the SEALING of the PROBATE of the WILL OF JOHN RHODES DICKSON commonly called JOHN DICKSON late of No 3 Elizabeth Street, St Clair, in the port of Spain in the Island of Trinidad, British West Indies, Medical Practitioner deceased, granted by the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago on the 7 day of November 1942

I have looked on Ancestry for WW1 records but without success


TootyFruity Report 19 Dec 2010 21:11

Visits to England

Name: John Rhodes Dickson
Birth Date: abt 1868
Age: 64
Port of Departure: Port Limón, Costa Rica
Arrival Date: 13 Jun 1932
Port of Arrival: Plymouth, England
Ports of Voyage: Amsterdam
Ship Name: Venezuela
Shipping line: Royal Netherlands Steamship Co.
Official Number: 926

Name: John Rhodes Dickson
Birth Date: abt 1868
Age: 68
Port of Departure: Barbados, Caribbean
Arrival Date: 3 Jul 1936
Port of Arrival: Plymouth, England
Ports of Voyage: Puerto Cabello
Ship Name: Costa Rica
Shipping line: Royal Netherlands Steamship Company


TootyFruity Report 19 Dec 2010 21:17

And more travel records

Name: John Rhodes Dickson
Arrival Date: 3 Aug 1914
Age: 45
Gender: Male
Ethnic Background: African;West Indian (Black)
Port of Departure: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Via Trinidad
Ship Name: Hungarian Prince
Port of Arrival: New Orleans, Louisiana
Last Residence: Trinidad
Birthplace: Trinidad,Port of Spain
National Archives' Series Number: T905_51

Name: John Rhodes Dickson
Arrival Date: 28 Apr 1929
Age: 61
Birth Date: abt 1868
Birthplace: In The Country, Trinidad and Tobago
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: Scotch (Scotish)
Ship Name: President Polk
Port of Arrival: Los Angeles, California
Port of Departure: Cristobal, Canal Zone
Last Residence: Trinidad and Tobago
Archive information (series:roll number): m1764:21


johnenigma Report 20 Dec 2010 21:09

My thanks to all who have replied.

TootyFruity, thanks for the travel records, JRD is white. JRD who is African West Indian is no relation, becaus my JRD was the UK when WW! broke out. As for the other JRD, I am not sure, because when JRD returned to Trinidad he never left again before his death, but never say never and I will search further.

mac, thanks for the NA site recommendation, and I will request the search you suggest for WW! records


Ozibird Report 20 Dec 2010 22:51

Perhaps he went to the US for a work related visit. With his position you'd think this was possible.



johnenigma Report 21 Dec 2010 19:14

Hi Ozibird,
Thanks for your help.
I have a cousin in America who is doing family history as well, she knows about visits to England but has never mentioned America.
I will now press her on this point.
My thanks to everyone who has replied,
May I wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas and a joyful 2011.
With Regards,


johnenigma Report 16 Jan 2011 17:43

My thanks to TootyFruity, I went to the local library to use Ancestry to discover more about the trips suggested, not only were yours there, I discovered 4 more, but I do not know how to find return journeys. The ships passenger records are very interesting. All trips are aound June time probably to coincide with BMA conferences, he also travelled with his wife Daphne Helen
Again with thanks.


TootyFruity Report 16 Jan 2011 18:14

Your welcome

I'm not too sure how to search for return trips unless he shows up on the incoming uk passenger lists


TootyFruity Report 16 Jan 2011 18:40

Hi John

You may or may not have this probate record for Daphne Helen

Name: Daphne Helen Malcolm Dickson
Probate Date: 21 Apr 1938
Death Date: 26 Dec 1937
Death Place: West Indies
Registry: London

Image says

Address 3 Elizabeth Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies
(Wife of John Rhodes Dickson)
Died at: 12a Dyke Road, Brighton
Probate given to Hubert John Malcolm Sim, Garage Proprietor
Effects £7610 15s 7d resworn £7745 17s 8d


johnenigma Report 17 Jan 2011 18:18

Hi TootyFruity,

Thanks for the probate record.

Do you know why there are 2 death places, West Indies and 12a Dyke Road, Brighton?

Thanks and regards.



TootyFruity Report 17 Jan 2011 18:35

I'm not too sure John. Maybe she died whilst visiting family and the probate gave home address and uk address.

You can order her Will from

Which may give you more clues


TootyFruity Report 17 Jan 2011 19:29

Here is her death registration

Deaths Dec 1937   (90%)
Dickson  Daphne H M  49  Brighton  2b 368