Private Clarence Alexander Ranaldson Dickson was born 17 Jul 1866, in Toronto, Canada, second son of Charles Alexander Ranaldson Dickson and Sara Ann Haworth.
As per the nominal roll book he served in The Queen’s Own Rifles in E Company for 1886/1887 and 1887/1888. He may have served previously however there are no rolls for the previous two years.
Clarence was presented a silver trophy by the regiment, likely for shooting, that was engraved “Presented to Pte C.A. Dickson Coy E Q.O.R. 1887” and as of 2019 was still in the possession of his descendants. (See photo below.)
His older brother Albert was also in E Company of the QOR and was awarded a medal for participation in North West Rebellion.
He immigrated to United States in 1888 and was married 20 Jan 1892 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA to Charlotte Johnstone. They had 6 children. After Charlotte’s death, he married Clara May Rossiter in 1920’s.
C.A. Dickson worked with leather goods for his occupation. He was a leather goods designer and manufacturer. At The Columbian Exposition on 16 May 1894 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, he was awarded the Certificate for Honorable Mention by the World’s Columbian Exposition for his work as a designer for H. M. Rosenblatt & Co., Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Dickson moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by 1900 and was Owner of C. A. Dickson Co, a leather case manufacturer, 7th & Market, Philadelphia, PA until his death on 1 May 1932 in Upper Darby, Delaware county, PA, USA.