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Robert Edward DAWSON

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Surname: DAWSON

Forename(s): Robert Edward

Place of Birth: Millom, Cumberland

Service No: 200757

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 3rd Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1918-05-02

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: IV. B. 41.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Robert Edward Dawson was the son of James and Margaret Dawson, née Robinson and brother of Private John Dawson (61219) (q.v.). Both of their parents were born at Millom, Cumberland.

1901 Millom, Cumberland Census: 10, Cleator Street - Robert Dawson, aged 5 years, born Millom, son of James and Margaret Dawson.

1911 Millom, Cumberland Census: Langthwaite Farm - Robert Dawson, aged 15 years, born Millom. [Robert was employed on a farm that was run by Thomas Wood, Farm Bailiff for Co-op Society.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Robert Dawson, 3051, 200757, 1/4 R. Lanc. R Theatre of War: (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 3.5.15. K. in A.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Robert Dawson, 3051, 1/4th K.O.R.L.; 8th K.O.R.L. K. in A. 2.5.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: L/Cpl (paid) Robert Dawson, 8 Royal Lancaster. Date and Place of Death: 2.5.18 in Action. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother Sole Legatee - Margaret. £22 18s. 10d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: joint card(s) exist for Robert and John. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Margaret Dawson. Relationship to Man: Mother. Address 1. 202, Main Street, Holborn Hill, Millom, Cumberland. Address 2. 175, Albert Street, Millom, Cumberland.

Robert is commemorated on the Millom War Memorial.

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: ---


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L/Corporal Robert Edward DAWSON

L/Corporal Robert Edward DAWSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: DAWSON

Forename(s): Robert

Born: Millom


Enlisted: Ulverston

Number: 200757

Rank: L/Cpl

Regiment: King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Battalion: 8th Battalion


Died Date: 02/05/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: DAWSON

Forename(s): Robert

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 200757

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Unit: 8th Bn.

Age: 23


Died Date: 02/05/1918

Additional Information: Son of James and Margaret Dawson, of 175, Albert St., Millom, Cumberland.



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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

07 June 1918


Lance-Corporal Robert Dawson, King’s Own Lancaster Regiment, of Burton-in-Lonsdale, is officially reported missing since May 2nd. He enlisted at the recruiting meeting held in the village in December, 1914, and was drafted out to France in May 1915. In the meantime he has been wounded three times, and his brother John has been killed in France.

19 July 1918

BURTON-IN-LONSDALE – Killed in Action

Official notification was received on Thursday last that Lance Corporal Robert Dawson, K.O.R L., who had previously been reported missing, was killed in action in France on May 2nd. Prior to the war he was employed at the Ingleton Colliery, and enlisted at the recruiting meeting held at Burton in December 1914. He was drafted to France in May 1915 and was wounded four times. His brother John was killed in France, and another brother has been incapacitated and discharged from the Army.

06 December 1918

BURTON-IN-LONSDALE – The Late Lance-Corporal Robert Dawson

Additional information of the death of Lance-Corporal Dawson, King’s Own, has been forwarded to the Vicar from the Red Cross Society as follows:– “About midnight on May 1st-2nd 1918, near the La Bassee Canal, Dawson went on patrol, and from all reports of the men did magnificently. After an officer was killed, Dawson assumed command of a certain section and carried on until the order to withdraw was given. He then sent back his men and personally went in search of an officer and failed to return. His body was found later and was buried in an orchard east of the La Bassee Canal.”


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    One Response to Robert Edward DAWSON

    1. Peter Glynn July 1, 2022 at 10:30 am #

      RiP. Thank you CPGW for remembering my great uncle.

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