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Walter DAWSON

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Surname: DAWSON

Forename(s): Walter

Place of Birth: Farnhill, Yorkshire

Service No: Tyneside Z/8773

Rank: Able-Seaman

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Battalion / Unit: Hawke Battalion

Division: 63rd (Royal Naval) Division

Age: 25

Date of Death: 1917-02-05

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Sp. Mem. C. 2.

CWGC Cemetery: AVELUY WOOD CEMETERY, MESNIL-MARTINSART

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: KILDWICK, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

No entry in SDGW - RND.

Walter Dawson (born 25 June 1892) was the son of Sam Beck and Frances Dawson, née Watson. Sam was born at Wrose, Shipley and Frances at Steeton, Yorkshire. Walter was the cousin of Private Harry Walmsley (5992) (q.v.).

1901 Farnhill, Yorkshire Census: 7, Newby Road - Walter Dawson, aged 8 years, born Farnhill, son of Samuel B. and Fanny Dawson.

1911 Farnhill, Yorkshire Census: 7, Newby Road - Walter Dawson, aged 18 years, born Farnhill, son of Sam Beck and Frances Dawson.

Walter was married to Lena Fortune in 1916.

Royal Naval Division Casualties of The Great War: Walter Dawson. Service History: Enlisted 25/11/15; Draft for BEF 10/7/16, joined Hawke Bn. 15/9/16-3/2/17 wounded. Cause of Death: Died of wounds in 1st (RN) Field Ambulance RND (wounded 3/2/17).

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

DAWSON, Seaman Walter, [Farnhill], aged 24, Naval Division, killed in action France, Feb. 4, 1917.

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Able-Seaman Walter DAWSON

Able-Seaman Walter DAWSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 63rd (Royal Naval) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 63rd (Royal Naval) Division

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Surname: DAWSON

Forename(s): W

Nationality: United Kingdom

Service Number: Tyneside Z/8773

Rank: Able-Seaman

Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Unit: Hawke Battalion R.N. Division

Age: 25

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Died Date: 1917-02-05

Additional Information: Son of Samuel Beck Dawson and Fanny Dawson; husband of Lena Dawson, of 13, Hawthorne St., Silsden, Yorks.

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ROLL CALL OF THE SKIPTON DIVISION LIBERAL & CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATIONS, August 4th 1914 - August 4th 1916

ROLL CALL OF THE SKIPTON DIVISION LIBERAL & CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATIONS, August 4th 1914 - August 4th 1916

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Aveluy Wood Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart

Aveluy Wood Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart

CWGC Headstone

Aveluy Wood Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart

Aveluy Wood Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart

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16 February 1917

FARNHILL – A.B. WALTER DAWSON DIES FROM WOUNDS

We regret to record that A.B. Walter Dawson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dawson, of Farnhill, has died from wounds received in action on February 4th. Twenty-four years of age, deceased, who in civil life, was a weaving over-looker in the employ of Mr. J. Woodrow, enlisted in October 1915 in the Royal Naval Division, and was subsequently transferred to the Light Trench Mortar Battery in January 1917 with which he had been engaged at various places at the Front. Mr. and Mrs. Dawson have another son serving in the Royal Naval Yacht Patrol.

23 February 1917

DAWSON – Died of wounds received in action, Royal Naval Seaman Walter Dawson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dawson, Main Street, Farnhil1, aged 24 years.

23 February 1917

FARNHILL – ROYAL NAVAL SEAMAN DAWSON’S DEATH

As briefly recorded in last Friday’s Herald, the news came to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dawson, of Main Street, Farnhill on the 14th inst. that their son, Royal Naval Seaman Walter Dawson, had died of wounds received in action. Seaman Dawson joined the Royal Naval Division in November 1915, and went to France with a land section of the Naval Division in July 1916. He took part in the ‘big push’, being in the light trench mortar battery. He had his last leave eight months ago. He was a well-known local footballer, playing with the Kildwick Old Boys for a good number of years, and was also a playing member of the Sutton United Football Club in the season when the United won the cup and medals. Shortly after his arrival in London he took part in a football match, and at the close one of the officers tapped him on the shoulder and said: “If you fight as well as you play football you will make a grand sailor”. He was a weaving overlooker at Messrs. J. Woodrow and Sons, Standard Shed, prior to joining up, was twenty-four years of age, and was married whilst on his last leave.

Seaman Dawson was a member of the Kildwick Conservative Club, and the club flag was flown half-mast as a token of respect to his memory. He was a thorough sportsman and highly respected, and was possessed of a bright and cheerful disposition. He had been closely connected with Kildwick Church, and had been a Sunday School scholar and formerly a choirboy. His brother, Archie Dawson, is with the Portsmouth Naval Yacht patrol.

A service to the memory of A.B. Walton Dawson was held in St. Andrew’s Church, Kildwick on Sunday afternoon. There was a large congregation and the service, which was a very impressive one, was conducted by the Rev. C. E. V. Hodge, M.A. In the course of his sermon on the words “Good Master what shall I do to inherit Eternal Life?” the Vicar showed how the lads who had given their lives had been called upon to make the greatest sacrifice of all in the service of their country, to leave all and to follow Christ. The Vicar extended his heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved parents and family.

Special prayers of intercession were offered for the souls of all who had given their lives from this parish:– Joseph Green; Joseph Smith; Walter Dawson; Harry Walmsley

At the close of the service the ‘Last Post’ was sounded on the cornet by R. Inskip, and the Dead March in ‘Saul’ was played by Mr. G. Spencer, the organist.

25 January 1918

FARNHILL – Unionist Club

The Kildwick and Farnhill Unionist Club held its annual meeting on Friday evening, Mr. James Woodrow presiding over a good attendance… The president made touching reference to the loss of two members, Walter Dawson, killed in France, and Albert L. Backhouse, missing in France since last April and now reported killed…

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16 February 1917

FARNHILL – A NAVAL MAN’S DEATH

Mr. and Mrs. Dawson, of Farnhill, received information yesterday morning that their eldest son, Walter Dawson, of the Naval Brigade, had been killed in action in France. He took part in the big offensive last July, and went through several actions, coming out without a scratch. Prior to joining the Naval Brigade he was employed as a weaving overlooker at Messrs. J. Woodrow and Sons, Junction. His brother, Archie Dawson, is a 2nd engineer in the Royal Navy.

23 February 1917

KILDWICK – MEMORIAL SERVICE AT THE PARISH CHURCH

On Sunday last a memorial Service to all who have fallen in battle or who have laid down there lives in other ways while in the service of their King and country, from the villages of Farnhill and Kildwick, and especially for Walter Dawson, of the Naval Brigade, who died on Feb. 4th from wounds received in action, was held in St. Andrew’s Church on Sunday afternoon last. There was a large and reverent congregation, which included the young widow (for whom great sympathy is felt), his parents, family, and relatives, and a large number of sympathisers. The service was conducted by the vicar-elect, Rev. C. Hodge.

The service opened with the beautiful organ solo from ‘Elijah,’ ‘O rest in the Lord.’ The special prayers offered were for King and country, for the soldiers who have left the district, especially for Walter Dawson, for the wounded, for those in anxiety and sorrow, for those in poverty and need, and for peace. The names of all who have fallen were read out and prayers asked for their souls. Prior to the sermon the hymn ‘Now the labourer’s task is o’er’ was sung.

The Vicar based his remarks on the words “Good master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life” (St. Mark x., 19). The preacher emphasised the thought that this young man was rich and of good character, a young man who had kept the commandments from his youth up; a man whom Jesus loved. Yet in his great love for him he did not hesitate to demand from him the greatest sacrifice, “Sell all that thou hast, and follow me.” To be perfect, there must be the great sacrifice. Christ Himself did not flinch from suffering. Those who had fallen, who had made the great sacrifice, were the objects of Christ’s love.

At the close of the sermon the beautiful Easter hymn was sung ‘On the resurrection morn.’ The service closed with the ‘Dead march’ in ‘Saul’ on the organ by Mr. Geo. Spencer and the ‘Last post’ was given on the cornet by Mr. Richard Inskipp, of Farnhill.

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