Service Number 183704
Battalion 109 Heavy Battery
Regiment Royal Garrison Artillery
Donald Stead Dawson was born in Cleckheaton in 1889, the son of George Henry Dawson and his wife Annie Eleanor Dawson.
By 1911, George and his family were living at Fair View, Collingham. George was a carpet salesman, his eldest son, George Elliot Dawson was a farmer, Donald was a salesman in a millinary warehouse and Doris and Joseph were at school. Also living at Fairview was Lena Fletcher a 16-year old servant.
We do not know when Donald's service started, and no definitive service record has survived, but we believe Donal served as Gunner 183704 in 109 Heavy Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery.
The war years were eventful for Donald - he married Ida Constance Smith in 1916, and his brother George Elliot Dawson was killed in 1917.
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