Arctic Star medal for brave Hartlepool seaman

Catherine "Kitty" Dixon, the widow of Hartlepool service man Bill Dixon, has been awarded with an Arctic Star medal on behalf of her late husband after town MP Iain Wright stepped in and lobbied the Ministry of Defence.
Catherine "Kitty" Dixon, the widow of Hartlepool service man Bill Dixon, has been awarded with an Arctic Star medal on behalf of her late husband after town MP Iain Wright stepped in and lobbied the Ministry of Defence.
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PROUD Kitty Dixon received an Arctic Star campaign medal on behalf of her war hero husband who sadly died last year.

Bill Dixon went into the Royal Navy as an engine room artificer and went on to became a sub-lieutenant as he served between 1941 and 1948.

His bravery fighting for his country led to him receiving a stunning array of medals including a 39-45 Star, an Atlantic Star and a Burma Star.

But now Bill, from the Rift House area of Hartlepool, has been posthumously awarded an Arctic Star, a medal for service above the Arctic Circle by members of the Armed Forces of Merchant Navy.

Bill sadly passed away in July last year, aged 90.

But his proud wife Kitty, 93, can now add the medal to Bill’s other list of honours.

Kitty, a mum-of-three and grandmother-of-five, said: “Bill would have been extremely proud.

“He didn’t talk too much about his time at war, he didn’t like to show off his medals either.”

Kitty and Bill met playing tennis at Grayfields and were married for 70 years.

Kitty still recalls Bill going away from home for the first time when he joined the Royal Navy, but explained her remarkable confidence.

“I was never really frightened because I never contemplated Bill or the others not coming back home,” she said.

“I know a lot weren’t as lucky as Bill but that’s just the way I looked at it.”

Kitty thanked Hartlepool MP Iain Wright who helped to speed along the process.

Mr Wright said: “Whenever I do things like this I never cease to be amazed by the incredible commitment and sacrifice that Mr and Mrs Dixon and all of the other men and women made.”