Posted: September 26th, 2012
FRANK DIXON, ex-Daily Mirror Manchester sub-editor, died in July at the age of 94 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Frank, a second lieutenant in the army, saw service in the Italian campaign and was wounded disarming a surrendering German officer two days after the war ended.
After 18 months hospitalisation, back in civvy street he left his job with the Westminster Bank to fulfil his ambition to become a reporter. He found himself a post on the Southport Guardian, moving on later to the Congleton Chronicle and Staffordshire Evening Sentinel before switching to sub-editing on the Manchester Evening News.
Finally, he went to the Daily Mirror in Manchester (with Saturday shifts on the Sunday Express sports desk) until his retirement in 1982.
Not content to take to the armchair and garden, for many years Frank was the editor of a free monthly newspaper – launched with friends – circulating in Cheshire.
He retired to Worthing, West Sussex in 1999, and is survived by his wife, Shirley, daughter Elizabeth, son-in-law Philip and grandchildren George and Rebecca.
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