This site commemorates the men and women of Collingham, Linton and Micklethwaite who served during World War 1. Today we especially commemorate Private 202940 George Stanley Saville of the 2nd Battalion Cameroonians (Scottish Rifles) who died on this day in 1917.
Dawson, George Elliott
(1888-1917)

Rank and Unit at End of World War One

Rank Gunner

Service Number 69508

Service Army

Battalion 169 Siege Battery

Regiment Royal Garrison Artillery

Died of Wounds: 5th November 1917

Buried Nine Elms British Cemetery, Belgium

Biography

George Elliott Dawson was the eldest son of George Henry Dawson and his wife Annie Eleanor Dawson of Fair View, Collingham and the husband of Hilda Mary Dawson of Hill Top, Collingham. George Elliott Dawson had been born on the 29th October 1888 at Fern Bank, Whitcliffe, Cleckheaton. He enlisted for military service in Wetherby on the 4th December 1915. He would have undertaken his basic military training and first went to France to serve on the 5th October 1916 with the 169th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA) less than 2 months after the birth of his son, George Alfred Elliott Dawson.

169 Siege Battery landed at Boulogne on the 5th October 1916, and quickly proceeded to a position NE of Mametz Wood in support of the attack on Butte de Warlencourt. The Battery mainly consisted of North Country men, recruited under the Derby Scheme who joined in March to June, and armament of 8in MK V Howitzers.

Around August 1917 George spent about a month in hospital and in September was posted to 331 Siege Battery RGA. He was seriously wounded in the right shoulder head and back while serving with this unit and was treated at the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station where he died on the 5th November 1917 aged 29. George's body was buried in the Nine Elms British Cemetery in France.

George's brother in law, William Lee Stoker, was also killed in the war. George's brother, Donald Stead Dawson, also served in the army but survived the war.


Sources

First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).
First World War British Army Service Records. The National Archives (WO363).
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery and Burial Reports

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