Private Albert Dickson was born in Toronto on 4 March 1865 to Charles Alexander Ranaldson Dickson and Sarah Ann Hawarth.
He appeared in the Canadian 1881 census as a dry goods clerk. The Toronto General Post Office Directory lists him as follows:
- 1885-1888 – Albert D clerk at Barber & Ellis
- 1889-1890 – Albert D bookkeeper at CC Ray & Co
We don’t know exactly when he joined The Queen’s Own Rifles but we know he served in the Northwest Field Force and was awarded a medal for that service. He’s also listed as a member of E Company for 1886/1888 and 1887/1888. His younger brother Clarence also served in the Regiment.
He married Harriett Ellen Brown in Toronto on 21 May 1889. They had 3 children, Edgar, Irene and Florence.
About 1890-91 they moved to Detroit Michigan – possibly because of the “scandal” of Edgar being born only 6 months after the wedding. Whatever the reason, he was listed in the Detroit City Directory as follows:
- 1890-91 Albert D Conductor [streetcar]
- 1893-1901 Albert D Conductor
Soon thereafter, he purchased a 160-acre farm in Independence Township, Oakland County, Michigan.
It was about 1927-8 that Albert and Harriett moved to a small home on Cherryland Ave in Auburn Heights, an unincorporated suburb of Pontiac, Oakland Co, Michigan. And by the 1930 census. Albert is listed as “retired”.
He died at his Auburn Heights home on 30 May 1935, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Pontiac,