Dixon, John Arthur James

JOHN ARTHUR JAMES DIXON, Officer in Charge of the ARP stretcher party in Deptford, was involved with James Slavin in the rescue of four people trapped under fallen debris.

For his part in the rescue John Dixon was also awarded the British Empire Medal. The award was announced in the London Gazette of 20 May 1941.

The citation reads : “ Bombs demolished houses and people were trapped. A tunnel was made under the debris and contact with four persons was established. Slavin then crawled into the tunnel and, although in continual danger of being buried by falling debris and overcome by gas fumes, he encouraged the trapped persons, supplying them with drinks through a tube and administering morphia under the directions of a doctor. Eventually Slavin had to be withdrawn from the tunnel and Dixon then carried on in a similar manner until the casualties were rescued four hours later.

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