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Surname: DOBSON

Forename(s): Arthur

Place of Birth: Salterforth, Yorkshire

Service No: 16535

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Battalion / Unit: 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 15th (Scottish) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1915-09-25

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 57 to 59.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

Arthur Dobson was the son of Harry Robinson and Susanna Dobson, née Roach. Harry was born at Meerut, India and Susanna at Stamford, Lincolnshire.

1901 Blackburn, Lancashire Census: 22, Oak Street - Arthur Dobson, aged 9 years, born Salterforth, Yorkshire, son of Harry R. and Susanna Dobson.

1911 Sabden, Lancashire Census: 8, Thorn Street - Arthur Dobson, aged 19 years, born Barnoldswick, Yorkshire, son of Harry Robinson and Susanna Dobson.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Arthur Dobson, 16535, 9/Sco. Rif. Theatre of War: (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 11.7.15. K. in A. [Two sources give Arthur's battalion as the 9th.]

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Arthur Dobson, 16535, 10/Sco. Rif.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Arthur Dobson, 16535, 10th Bn Scottish Rfls. Date and Place of Death: 25.9.15. In the Field. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Harry R. £5 4s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Arthur. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Susanna Dobson. Relationship to soldier: Mother. Deceased. Dependant: Harry Robinson Dobson. Relationship to soldier: Father. Address 1. 53, Olympia Street, Fulledge, Burnley, Lancs. Address 2. 25, Norton Street, Burnley.

Arthur was killed in action during the Battle of Loos, 25 September-8 October.

Arthur is commemorated in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh.

Photograph: 'Burnley Express' (15 December 1915).

Data Source: Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 Records


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Private Arthur DOBSON

Private Arthur DOBSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 15th (Scottish) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 15th (Scottish) Division

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Surname: DOBSON

Forename(s): Arthur

Born: Salterforth, Lancs


Enlisted: Burnley

Number: 16535

Rank: Private

Regiment: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Battalion: 10th Battalion


Died Date: 25/09/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: DOBSON

Forename(s): Arthur

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 16535

Rank: Private

Regiment: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Unit: 10th Bn.



Died Date: 25/09/1915

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‘Burnley News’ (11 December 1915)

(Kindly supplied by Robert S. Richardson)


Mrs. Dobson, who resides at 53, Olympia-street, Burnley, has just received official news that her son, Private Arthur Dobson, of the 10th Scottish Rifles, was killed in action at Loos on the 25th September. Some weeks ago Mrs. Dobson had word from one of her son’s chums at the Front, informing her that Private Dobson was reported missing after the battle of Loos, and has consequently been in suspense until Wednesday of this week, when she received the sad news that her son had been killed. The deceased soldier was 23 years of age and formerly worked at Smith’s tanyard in Plumbe-street.

‘Burnley News’ (15 December 1915)

(Kindly supplied by Robert S. Richardson)

A memorial service was conducted at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on Sunday for the late Private Arthur Dobson, who had been connected with the school and church. The pastor, Rev. J.B. Clarke, was the preacher.

‘Burnley Express’ (15 December 1915)

(Kindly supplied by Robert S. Richardson)



There were so many Burnley men in the 10th Scottish Rifles that it came to be known among the men as the Burnley Rifles. In the action at Loos on Sept. 25th several Burnley men lost their lives, and yesterday’s official casualty list stated that Private (16535) A. Dobson, who had previously been reported as missing, was now reported killed. Private Arthur Dobson was a Burnley man, and one of seven sons of Mrs. Dobson, of 53, Olympia-street. Mrs. Dobson has given four sons to the services, and another who offered himself was rejected because of defective eyesight.

Arthur, who has now been officially reported killed, was aged 23 years, and worked at Messrs. Smith’s tanyard in Plumbe-street. Mrs. Dobson had heard from a Padiham member of the same regiment that her son was seen by him on Hill 70, but Arthur’s colleague with whom there had been a compact to write to his mother if he fell has written to say that they got separated in a charge and he had not seen Arthur since. Mrs. Dobson would be obliged to any member of the regiment if they could give her any other particulars about her son. She has not, despite the official news, given up all hope that her son may still be alive, probably a prisoner. Prior to coming to Burnley Arthur was a prominent member of the Sabden band. He was associated with Mount Pleasant Church, Burnley.

Jesse, the 22 years old son, is a private in the R.A.M.C., and went to France last Christmas. He has now been sent to England, and his mother has this week had word from the military hospital at Poole that he had been successfully operated upon for appendicitis.

Two sons are in the Navy, Harold, who is aged 30, and since being married has made his home in a southern part, has been15 years in the service. His brother Joseph, aged 26, enlisted in the Navy last Saturday. Wilfred failed to pass the eyesight test.




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