Sapper WR/509742 George Dawson

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Died on Friday, 8th November 1918, age 21.
Buried in Grave VI. E. 4. at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, Pas De Calais, France.

Royal Engineers, Inland Waterways and Docks.
Formerly 345408 Royal Engineers.

Son of Thomas and Caroline Dawson, of 143, Fazeley St., Birmingham.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Northampton, Resident: Braunston, Leics..

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/85755/

Genealogical Data

Birth of George Dawson registered June quarter 1897 in Dudley.

1901 Census
4 Eagle Lane, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Dawson (36, Boatman - Captain, born Preston), his wife Caroline (36, born Warwick), and their 3 children: Caroline (10, born Northampton), Thomas (8, born Tipton), and George (4, born Tipton).

1911 Census
High Street, Braunston, Rugby, Warwickshire.
Caroline Dawson (46, Married, born Hatton), and 1 of her 3 surviving children of 7: George (13, Farm Labourer, born Great Bridge).

Personal Data

After George's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances plus his War Gratuity, amounted to £12/7/4d (12 pounds, 7 shillings and 4 pence). This was paid to his mother and sole legatee, Caroline, in October 1919. The War Gratuity was £5/10/0d (5 pounds 10 shillings); with his date of death and rank, this gives an approximate enlistment date of November 1917.

Action resulting in his death

The Inland Waterways and Docks section of the Royal Engineers was formed in December 1914 to provide services to develop and operate transport on the canals and waterways of France and Flanders. As George's father was a boatman, it would not be a surprise if he followed the same path even though in 1911 he was a 13-year old Farm Labourer.

George is shown as 'Died' which means due to accident or disease, rather than as a direct result of enemy action. George died in the 30th General Hospital, Calais, on 8th November 1918 and is buried in Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, near Calais.

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