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Surname: DAWSON

Forename(s): Prince

Place of Birth: Steeton, Yorkshire

Service No: 2757

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1915-12-21

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. A. 35.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Prince Dawson was the son of John and Elizabeth Dawson, née Bradley. John was born at Cowling and Elizabeth at Gargrave, Yorkshire. Prince was the cousin of Private Thomas Baldwin (267218) (q.v.).

1901 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: 31, High Street - Prince Dawson, aged 7 years, born Steeton, son of John and Elizabeth Dawson.

1911 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: High Street - Prince Dawson, aged 17 years, born Steeton, son of John and Elizabeth Dawson.

The British Army Service Record for Prince Dawson exists but may be incomplete.

Prince is listed in the Nominal Roll of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment): Pte P. Dawson.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Prince Dawson, 2757, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 14.4.15. K. in A. 21.12.15.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Private Prince Dawson, 6/2757, 1/6 W. Rid. R. D. of W. 21.12.15.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Prince Dawson, 2757, 1/6th Bn W. Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 21.12.15. 8 B.R.C. Hospital, Paris Plage. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - John (Senior). £8 10s. 4d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Prince. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: John Dawson. Relationship to soldier: Father. Particulars of Claimant(s): 1. Mr John Dawson, died 24.7.21. 2. Mrs Elizabeth Dawson. Address: 42, High Street, Steeton, Nr Keighley, Yorks.

See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War – A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

DAWSON, Prince, aged 23, 6th West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. John Dawson, High Street, Steeton, died Dec. 21.


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Private Prince DAWSON

Private Prince DAWSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: DAWSON

Forename(s): Prince



Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 2757

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion


Died Date: 21/12/15

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: DAWSON

Forename(s): Prince

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 2757

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age: 22


Died Date: 21/12/1915

Additional Information: Son of John and Elizabeth Dawson, of 42, High St., Steeton, Keighley. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: TOO DEARLY LOVED TO BE FORGOTTEN)

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War Diary of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

19 DECEMBER 1915

FARMS TRENCHES [Ypres Salient]. At 5.30 a.m. the enemy commenced gassing our trenches. At 5.45 a.m. the sentry at H.Q. MALAKOFF [FARM] gave the alarm. The Battn stood to and was ordered to move up into its ‘attack–move’ positions. At 7.30 a.m. all were in position. A report of the events is attached. The 7th Battery R.F.A. at REDAN FARM were the first to open fire. . . . CASUALTIES These were considerable but were chiefly amongst the machine gun section and B Company who were living in dug-outs on the CANAL BANK and who did not wake up in time to grasp what had occurred. No casualties occurred on the way to the canal. . . . 2757 Pte Dawson, P. gassed. . . .

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


DAWSON John of High-street Steeton near Keighley Yorkshire died 24 July 1921 Probate London 9 September to Clement Dawson grocer. Effects £511 15s. 3d.

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Courtesy of Colin Chadwick, Harrogate

Le Touquet-Paris Plage Communal Cemetery

Le Touquet-Paris Plage Communal Cemetery

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05 November 1915


In a letter to his parents, Pte. W. H. Teale, 9th Battalion Duke Wellington’s, described and expressed the pleasure it gave to those present at a gathering of Steeton soldiers at a town behind the firing line “Somewhere in France.” The party included, in addition to Private Teale, Privates Tom Fitzimmons, Prince Dawson, Robert Anderson, G. Stott, and Tom Roberts, along with a trio of Steeton soldier brothers – Privates Willie Dove, Jim Dove, and Matthew Dove, the two last-named being in the Northumberland Fusiliers. The first-named five were several years’ ago prominent players in the Steeton Association football team and are now figuring in the ‘greater game.’ Privates W. Dove, Dawson, and Fitzimmons are with the 6th Battalion (Territorials), and the remainder of the party are ‘Kitchener’s Boys.’ It had been expected that a trio of Steetonians from the 10th Battalion of the ‘Dukes’ should be present, but the ‘Huns’ claimed their respectful attention.

24 December 1915


On Wednesday at noon Mr. and Mrs. John Dawson, of High Street, Steeton, received a telegram which stated that their son, Private Prince Dawson, of the 1/6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, had been gassed and had developed pneumonia of a serious nature. Later in the day the news came that he had died. Private Dawson was in one of the machine gun sections of his battalion. He enlisted in October, 1914, and went to France last April. He was, like a great majority of Steeton’s brave lads now at the Front, a keen footballer previous to joining the Colours, and in addition to assisting the Steeton Clubs also figured as a prominent Sutton United player, two seasons back.

15 September 1916


The quarterly meeting of the Craven and District Village Institutes’ Association was held at the Steeton Mechanics’ Institute on Saturday afternoon, under the chairmanship of the Rev. A.C. Blunt, of Gargrave, the newly-appointed president for the ensuing year. Delegates were present from Gargrave, Oakworth, Cross Roads, Kildwick, Steeton, Cononley, and Gisburn.

Mr. Alfred Stell, president of the Seeton Institute, extended a cordial welcome to the new president and the delegates…

Appreciative Letter from the Trenches

The Secretary (Mr. J. Holdsworth) next read the following letter from Captain Cedric F. Horsfall, the late president, written from the trenches in France:–“Many thanks for your letter which I received a few days ago in the front trenches. You have, of course, done quite right in electing another president, and just as I should have wished you to do. I feel as though I have been of little or no use during my two years of office, owing to the circumstances over which I have had no control. After the war I assure you and your Association that you shall have my active support, as I know there is much scope for your work, especially after this war, and when unavoidably the home ties of many of the men will be weakened. I can see some difficulty in preventing wholesale emigration from our villages to the towns and the colonies, and every inducement will be required to keep them in the villages. I think the Institutes might do much to meet this need. I wish you to convey to your Committee my sincerest thanks for the honour they have done to me in allowing me to keep the position of president during these two eventful years. I wish you every success in your work in the future and I am sure that you will get much valuable advice and assistance from your new president, Mr. Blunt. I hope it is not out of place if I add a word of admiration of the men in this Battalion, many of whom come from our villages, and most of whom have been members of the various Institutes. They have not had an easy time lately, but they seem to thrive on work and do it with a good heart, and shelling hardly disturbs them at all.”


Mr. W.J. Johns, of Oakworth, moved that the Association express its sincerest sympathy with the village of Steeton in the great sacrifice that it had been called upon to make in the prosecution of the war. Mr. Weatherall, of Cononley, having seconded.

The Secretary read a list of the Steeton men who have been killed and wounded as follows:–

Killed – W. Dawes, Herbert Dove, Prince Dawson, Wm. Brooksbank, James Dove, Fred T. Ellison, Spencer Cliff (missing), Joseph Hales, Ewart Myers, Thos. Fitzsimmons, Wm. Robson, Thos. Robson, Arthur Smith, Wm. A. Teale, Richard Nicholson, Norman Waterhouse, Clarence Wilson, J. Nelson, Wm. Naylor.

Wounded – John Brooksbank, Wm. Brayshaw, Matthew Dove, Robert Anderson, Percy Race, Fred Baldwin, Fred Greenwood, Frank Throup, Ernest Cooper, Robert Williams.

The Secretary added that many of the wounded men were back in the trenches again, and it was also stated that several of the soldiers had been members of the Steeton Institute.

The resolution of sympathy was carried by the delegates rising in their places…

12 January 1917


Happily there has during the closing months of the past year been few casualties amongst Steeton’s soldiers to report. Since the commencement of the war the following well-known local soldiers who have been residents in the village have given their lives for the cause of right and humanity.–Arthur Smith, William Dawes, Herbert Dove, Thomas Robson, James Walker (died in training period), Willie Brooksbank, Ewart Myers, Thomas Fitzsimons, Prince Dawson, Fred Ellison, R. Nicholson, W.H. Teale, William Naylor, William Robson, Joseph Hale, Clarence Wilson, Mathias Dove, James Dove, John Nelson, whilst to add to the above are the names of Spencer Cliff missing since the ever-to-be-remembered landing at Suvla Bay in August, 1915, and Wright Cockshott who has been included in the list of those missing since the early autumn of 1916. Several soldiers whose occupations necessitated residence in the village previous to the war have ‘made the sacrifice’ but are not included in the list.

22 June 1917


The service at the Wesleyan Church on Sunday morning took the form of a memorial service to the memory of the late Private Tom Spencer and Trooper Clifford Cockshott. The suspense of the last-named soldier’s parents was turned into grief on Thursday in last week when they were notified of their son’s death from wounds received in action. The Rev. W.L. Haim conducted the service and made sympathetic reference to the two fallen soldiers, who were old scholars and along with the under-mentioned dead heroes had attended the Wesleyan Sunday School–Privates Willie and Thos. Robson, Prince Dawson, Richard Nicholson, Ewart Myers and Sergt. Thomas Moyle.

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13 November 1914


Up to date there are now 30 Steeton men who are either serving as regulars, Kitchener’s men or Territorials, who have all volunteered for foreign service. This is considered a fairly good percentage for so small a village, but more men are wanted, and no doubt more will respond to the urgent appeal of Lord Kitchener. The roll of honour is as follows:–

Officers: Charles M. Bateman, Sam H. Clough, Hugh Dixon, Will Clough.

Privates: James Anderson, Willie Barber, John Brooksbank, Colin Casson, Wm. Coppack, Prince Dawson, Fred Ellison, Fred Greenwood (wounded but returned to his regiment), Tom Roberts, Wesley Shone, William Wademan, John Wilson, Alfred Metcalfe, John Peake, William Naylor, Herbert Pickles, Arthur Lee (wounded), James O’Hara, Harry J. Mason. Robert Anderson, Willie Brayshaw, Harold Brooksbank, Spencer Cliffe, Wm. Dove, Tom Fitzsimons, Edgar Geldard (wounded), Tom Moyle, George Stott, Cyril Race, Wm. Henry Teale, John W. Wardman, Archie Metcalfe, Arthur Smith (killed in action), James Walker, Fred Haggas, Cuthbert L. Clarke, Frank Jones, Christopher Walton, Thos. Hinkley, Joseph Jackson (wounded), Thomas Robson, Alfred Taylor, Frank Taylor, Harry Sayers, James Jackson, Clifford Cockshott.

24 December 1915


Mr. John Dawson, High Street, Steeton, received official notification from the War Office on Wednesday that his son, Pte. Prince Dawson, 6th Duke of Wellington’s, had been seriously gassed, and had developed bronchial pneumonia. Pte. Dawson was in the Territorials, and volunteered for active service, and went to France about eight months’ ago. He was in the Machine Gun Section, and was in his 23rd year. Later in the day news was received from the same source that he had died.

24 December 1915


Pte. Prince Dawson, 6th West Riding (Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment, son of Mr. John Dawson, of High Street, Steeton, died December 21st. In his 23rd year.

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