Dixon, Charles

Dixon, Charles              1916 January 14th

Bank Cashier’s Death

The many friends of Mr C S Dixon in Salisbury heard with great regret of his sudden death, which occurred on Tuesday morning. For many years he had been connected with the Wilts and Dorset Bank (now Lloyds Bank) and he was much respected by those with whom he came in contact. An inquest was held by the City Coroner (Mr S Buchanan Smith) on Tuesday evening at the Council Chamber, Mr L J Sly being chosen foreman of the jury.

Robert Dixon, a solicitor, of Pewsey, stated that Robert Sebastian Dixon was his brother. He was 46 years of age, a single man, and a cashier at Lloyds Bank. As far as witness knew he always had very good health. He last saw him alive at the end of June in last year.

Miss Emma Maslen, of 36a, Wyndham Road, said Mr Dixon had lodged at her house for 13 years, and had had no serious illness during that time. On Monday he came in after midnight, and on Tuesday morning she heard him cough and get out of bed at about ten minutes to eight. He was called at about eight o’clock, but the servant could get no answer though she knocked several times at the bedroom door. Witness then did so, and on getting no answer, opened the door and saw Mr Dixon lying on the bed quite still. She called him but he did not answer, so she listened and could not detect any sign of life. She then called another lodger and sent for the doctor. She last saw Mr Dixon alive at 6.30 on Monday, when he came to tea ; he then appeared in his usual health.

Cecil F Stent, a cashier at Lloyds Bank, said he knew Mr Dixon very well, having worked side by side with him for many years at the same counter. They were working together on Monday evening till a few minutes before midnight, when witness left. He suggested that Mr Dixon should go home too, and leave the work, and he said he should do so very shortly. Mr Dixon had complained of pain that day and thought it was caused by indigestion, but to all appearances he was quite able to do his work. For some time they had been working very late at night, because it was necessary to do so. Sometimes they worked till midnight and after.

Dr J E Gordon said he arrived at the house at about 8.33 that morning, and found Mr Dixon’s body lying in bed undressed. His left arm was over his chest, and his expression was quite placid and peaceful. There was no evidence of any struggle, and he found no marks of violence or injury on the body. He had no reason to suppose that death was due to other than natural causes. He had known Mr Dixon for many years and last attended him in August 1911 for some trivial ailment. Probably he had a sudden heart attack, possibly through over work, and died quite suddenly.

A verdict of “Death from Natural Causes” was returned, and Mr Humby, a juryman, said the jury desired to express their sympathy with Mr Dixon’s brother. Mr Dixon was very highly respected in the town (hear, hear).

The funeral will take place at the London Road Cemetery this (Friday) afternoon.

Mr Dixon was a son of the late Rev. Robert Dixon, of Cullompton, Devon, and nephew of Mr S R Dixon, solicitor, of Pewsey. He entered the Wilts and Dorset Bank in 1885, and after serving in various branches was appointed as cashier at the Salisbury office in April, 1891, a position he held until his death.

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