Service Number 69508
Battalion 169 Siege Battery
Regiment Royal Garrison Artillery
Died of Wounds: 5th November 1917
Buried Nine Elms British Cemetery, Belgium
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. In 1911, George was living at Fair View, Collingham with his parents, 2 brothers and a sister and a servant. George's father was a carpet salesman and George was listed as a farmer. One of George's brothers, Donald Stead Dawson, also served in World War 1.
George 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 death was reported locally in the York Herald:
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.
1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 25962
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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