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HONORARY MAJOR H.C. DYKES
Royal Engineers
(formerly 1859187 Sergeant, Royal Engineers)[1]

by
Lieutenant Colonel Edward De Santis 2008

H.C. Dykes joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper not long after the end of the Great War of 1914-1918, but after the adoption of Army Numbers in place of Regimental Numbers for the Army. His promotions while in the ranks were as follows:

Corporal:[2]

7 January 1926

Lance Sergeant:[3]

18 August 1929

Sergeant:[4]

21 September 1932

During the Second World War Dykes was commissioned, probably as a Quartermaster. Upon receiving a commission his Army Number was changed to 167764. His date of commissioning as a Lieutenant is given as the 17th of January 1941, with an appointment to the rank of Temporary Major on the same date [5]. In July of 1942 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and Honorary Major.

During 1942 and 1943 Major Dykes served with the British 8th Army in North Africa. For this service he was awarded the Africa Star Medal with bar [8th ARMY]. From North Africa he accompanied the invasion force to Sicily and then to Italy, serving in the advance up the Italian peninsula during 1943 and 1944. He was awarded the Italy Star Medal for his participation in these campaigns.

Major Dykes was next assigned to a unit to participate in the final battles of the war in North West Europe. He served in this area during 1944 and 1945 and was awarded the France and Germany Star and a mention in despatches (m.i.d.) for his valuable service in North West Europe [6].

In addition to the medals mentioned above, Major Dykes also received the 1939-45 Star and War Medal with m.i.d. emblem for his service during World War 2. Additionally, he was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (GVIR) upon his completion of 18 years of service with the Colours.


ENDNOTES

[1] The naming on the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal is 1859187 Sjt. H.C. Dykes, R.E.

[2] The Sapper, June 1929, p. 316. The entry in The Sapper is shown as 1859187 J. Dykes. The first initial is incorrect, but the Army Number coincides with the number on the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

[3] The Sapper, December 1930, p. 143. The entry in The Sapper is shown as 1859187 J. Dykes. The first initial is incorrect, but the Army Number coincides with the number on the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

[4] The Sapper, May 1934, p. 283. The entry in The Sapper is shown as 1859187 J. Dykes. The first initial is incorrect, but the Army Number coincides with the number on the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

[5] Royal Engineers List, 1943, p. xlviii.

[6] Supplement to the London Gazette, 8 November 1945, p. 5440.