Dickins, Guy


Second son of Albert Lungley Dickins JP and Margaret Jane Dickins, nee Jones.   His mother was born in Bala, North Wales in 1844 at the White Lion Hotel; her brother, Major General Robert Owen Jones of Bryn Tegid, Bala, served with the Royal Engineers.   The family lived in Manchester and later moved to the Purley/Reigate area where his parents died.  He had an elder brother, Owen, who did not come to Winchester.  Guy came to the College from Bilton Grange and became a School Prefect in his last year; he also won the Hawkins Prize for English Literature; played in College XV and was in College VI in 1899.

He was awarded a Classical Scholarship to New College, Oxford in 1900, gaining a First Class degree in 1904. He won the Craven Fellowship in 1905 and worked for some years at the British School in Athens. With Dorothy Nicholson he published a catalogue of the sculpture in the Acropolis Museum. In 1908 he returned to Oxford as Fellow and Lecturer at St John’s College. In 1914 he was appointed Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the University.

He obtained his commission in November 1914 and joined 13th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps and went to France in July 1915. He died in hospital in Amiens on 17th July 1916 of wounds received four days earlier at Pozieres, during the Battle of the Somme.

He married Mary Hamilton on 5th January 1909 and in 1920 his widow edited and published his “Hellenistic Sculpture”. He is commemorated on the memorial in the front hall of the British School at Athens.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Dickins
  • Forenames or initials: Guy
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1895-1900
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • Date of Birth: 23rd October 1881
  • Date of Death: 17th July 1916
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: ST PIERRE CEMETERY, AMIENS: Grave V A 6