Oswald Dixon (Image: Broughton House)
Veterans

Appeal For Mourners After 100-Year-Old RAF Veteran Dies Without Family

A care home is asking for people to pay their respects at Oswald Dixon's funeral.

Oswald Dixon (Image: Broughton House)

Oswald Dixon (Picture: Broughton House)

RAF veteran Oswald Dixon has passed away at Broughton House in Salford, Greater Manchester at the age of 100.

Originally from Jamaica, he joined the RAF in Kingston in November 1944 to become a flight mechanic and moved to Britain during the Second World War.

Mr Dixon was a Leading Aircraftman and remained in service teaching new recruits until he retired.

Chris Lindsay, Chief Executive of Broughton House said:

“Broughton House is saddened to announce the passing of former RAF serviceman Oswald Dixon.

“Oswald joined the Royal Air Force in 1944 having arrived from Jamaica and has been a resident at Broughton House since May 2015.

“It is with regret that Oswald has no family members in the UK.

“His warm character will be missed by everyone at Broughton House.”

Mr Dixon, who was blind, received birthday greetings from the Queen earlier this year when he turned 100.

At his birthday celebration he said he was proud to reach the milestone adding:

“I’ve always tried to live life as it should be lived, by doing the right things for other people.”

Oswald Dixon's 100th birthday in April (Picture: Broughton House)

Mr Dixon was living alone in Salford until 2015, when he moved to Broughton House after becoming ill and losing his sight.

The care home is dedicated to looking after veterans.

It confirmed Mr Dixon died peacefully on September 25.

His funeral service will take place at the Agecroft Cemetery & Crematorium in Salford on Wednesday, October 9.

 

Mr Dixon with his telegram from the Queen (Image: Broughton House)
Mr Dixon with telegram from the Queen (Image: Broughton House)