This site commemorates the men and women of Collingham, Linton and Micklethwaite who served during World War 1. Today we especially commemorate Corporal 18282 Henry Reginald Hirst of the Royal Army Ordnance Corp who died on this day in 1936.
Dawson, John William

Rank and Unit at End of World War One

Rank Lance Corporal

Service Number 32/356

Service Army

Battalion 2nd Battalion

Regiment Northumberland Fusiliers

Killed in Action: 31 October 1916

Buried Struma Military Cemetery, Greece


John William Dawson was born in York in 1897 the son of Tom Harold and Mary Dawson of 8, North Eastern Crescent, York.

John Dawson does not appear on the village war memorial, probably because his village connection was through working in Collingham. He worked on the railways at Collingham. He began his railway career in February 1912 as a clerk in the Passenger Department at Heighington, and was on duty at Collingham Bridge at the time he enlisted (around 1915) (source: NE Railway Magazine Feb 1917 p. 29.)

John Dawson served in the Northumberland Fusiliers. He was a Lance Corporal and at the time of his death in 1916 was serving in the 2nd Battalion of that regiment in the fighting in Salonika. He died on the 31st October 1916, aged 20 and is buried in the Struma Military cemetery, Greece.


First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).

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