Topic: Samuel James Dawson

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From research done in 2008 by Wairarapa College Year 12 history assignment on Wairarapa soldiers who died in World War One.

Full name: Samuel James Dawson
Date of Birth: 5 November 1894
Serial number: 20309
Occupation before enlistment: Farmer
First known rank: Private
Embarkation date: 21 August 1916
Place of embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Body on embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation unit: 16th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company
Last unit served: Wellington Infantry Regiment
Rank last held: Private
Place of death: Ypres, Belgium
Date of Death: Thursday, 4 October 1917
Cause of death: Killed in action
Cemetery name: Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium

Biographical notes:

Religion: Church of England.

Son of Mr Samuel and Mary Dawson of Mauriceville. His parents address on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is listed as Third St, Lansdowne, Masterton.

He enlisted on 1 May 1916.

Wounded in the Battle of Broodseinde. Wairarapa Daily Times 27 OCtober 1917 under Personal Items "Mr S Dawson, of Mauriceville, has received word that his son, Private S. J. Dawson, was wounded on October 5th. This is the second time Private Dawson has been wounded, he being wounded before in the Messines battle."                                                    

Obituary: Wairarapa Daily Times, 3 May 1918 under Personal Items "Mr S. Dawson, of Mauriceville, has received cable advice that his son, Private S. J. Dawson, who left New Zealand with the 16th Reinforcements, and who was previously reported wounded and missing, is now reported killed in action on October 4th, 1917, as the result of a special court of inquiry."

Student researcher: Andrew Higgs and Ashlee Taylor




Samuel James Dawson

First Names:Samuel James
Last Name:Dawson