Northern Ireland WW2 veteran Teddy Dixon dies aged 100

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World War Two veteran, Teddy Dixon, who died in Belfast at the age of 100. Dixon served with the US army and helped liberate 33,000 survivors of the Dachau concentration camp. PA photo

by Rebecca Black, PA

Tributes have been paid to one of Northern Ireland’s last Second World War veterans after his death at the age of 100.

Teddy Dixon was born in New York and served in the US army despite growing up in Northern Ireland.

His family moved to Belfast when he was a young child but he received a draft notice in 1944 and went on to help to liberate the Dachau concentration camp.

US consul general in Belfast Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau paid tribute.

“We mourn New York-born Teddy Dixon, who served in the US army 42nd ‘Rainbow’ Infantry Division,” she said.

“After liberating 33,000 people from the horrors of Dachau concentration camp, he returned to East Belfast a hero.

“We will remember his service and selfless heroism.”

Local DUP councillor David Brooks also tweeted a tribute.

“My generation will never know the fullness of the debt we owe to men like Teddy who risked all to defeat the Nazis. A hero,” he said.

Mr Dixon landed in France with his unit in December 1944 before advancing across the continent to Germany in 1945.

As well as helping to liberate the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau near Munich, he also played a role in the recovery of a treasure trove of looted art stored in salt mines during the conflict.

Mr Dixon’s death comes less than a week after the passing of his friend and fellow war veteran Bill Eames, from Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

Mr Eames, 97, served as an RAF pilot and was involved in the securing of Pegasus Bridge in 1944, among many other missions.

UTV anchor Paul Clark said Northern Ireland has lost two brave men.

“It is with a heavy heart that I tweet this photograph. We have lost these two brave men, within a few days of each other,” he tweeted.

“These extraordinary gentlemen represent a generation we forget at our peril!”

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