Genealogy of John "Mad Jack" Fuller


Hon. John Rose

Of Montreal, Canada.

Gen. Joseph Gubbins

Of South Stoneham, Hampshire.

William Dickinson

1881 Census: 121 St Georges Square, Hanover Square, London

Lieut. Col. Hugh Carey Dickinson


Hugh Carey Dickinson was the brother of Lt G B Dickinson of Kingweston Somerset. Also educated at Cheltenham then the RMC Sandhurst before joining the Somerset Light Infantry in August 1904. In September he set sail for India with his regiment not to return until 1908. After 3 years on home service he set sail for British East Africa, being seconded from his regiment to the Kings African Rifles. After home leave in 1913-14 he returned to duty when the great War broke out. Taking part in active operations in German East Africa, in 1917 raising an extra battalion of the Kings African Rifles with the rank of Lt Colonel. He was wounded in the neck by a spiked bullet in July 1917, taking two months to recover from the severe injuries sustained. On the 22nd July 1918 he was reported missing after an action in Portuguese East Africa. Having twice been cut off and surrounded by the enemy, he had been forced to surrender to no other than Paul Emil Von Lettow himself, commanding six companies of troops. Lt Col Dickinson had only the one company to resist the overwhelming attack. 'The Germans treated me always with respect. The living was very hard. For two months I had only boiled Matama a native grain to eat. During the next four months Lt Col Dickinson marched some fourteen hundred miles under close guard. Determined to escape when possible, the opportunity did not arise before hostilities ceased. Von Lettow was undefeated by the british and was still fighting days after hostilities ended. Only upon being informed of the German Surrender, did he cease fighting. After all this Lt Col Dickinson succumbed to Influenza in Dar-es-Salaam East Africa on December 18th 1918.

Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Date of Death: 18/12/1918
Age: 34
Regiment/Service: Somerset Light Infantry attd 3rd/3rd King's African Rifles
Grave Reference VII. A. 1.
Additional Information: Son of William and Helen Isabella Dickinson, of Kingweston, Taunton, Somerset.

Lieut. George Bairnsfather Dickinson

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry 15 August 1914.

Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission -

Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 03/05/1915
Age: 29
Regiment/Service: East Lancashire Regiment 3rd Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 34.

Charles Pinney

Mayor of Bristol in 1831 and was in office during the Bristol Riots.