Major Henry P T Dickins. Detail from a 1902 photograph of the Regimental Officers taken at Shorncliffe Camp.

Major Henry Percy Tavener Dickins VD Victoria Rifles was a wine and spirit merchant in Philpot Lane in the City, in partnership with his brother Wyndham. He family was the Dickins known for the department store business Dickins & Jones.

Henry was born December 1859 in Paddington, the eldest son of Colonel Henry Francis Dickins and Lucy Catherine Tavener, taking his middle name from his mother’s maiden name. His father was a member of the Regiment.

He was one of four sons, three of whom would join the Lodge and the Regiment: Colonel Vernon William Frank Dickins DSO VD, Major Wyndham Harold Dickins and Major Henry Percy Tavener Dickins. His cousin Henry Percy Faulkner Dickins was also a member of the Lodge.

He married Charlotte Rebecca Fase.

He was a liveryman with The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers, being Master in 1910-1911. His father was Master before him in 1885-1886, his brother Vernon was Upper Warden in 1936-1937, and the family have supported the Company to this day.1

He died on 29 August 1934 in Brighton.

  1. Company Newsletter (page 5)