Herbert Dawson

Herbert Arthur Dawson

Personal Details

Herbert Arthur Dawson, born in Station Road, Whitchurch in 1897, the second son of Herbert and Agnes Dawson of 18 Station Road, Whitchurch.

Herbert emigrated to Canada in 1912 aged 15, departing from Liverpool on 14th March 1912. He sailed on the Lake Manitoba (Canadian Pacific Railway shipping line) arriving at St John, New Brunswick. He worked on a ranch in Vancouver, British Columbia, joining the local Militia, before enlisting in the Canadian Infantry in December 1914. After training on Salisbury Plain he landed in France in February 1915.

Military Details

Regiment : 7th Battalion Canadian Infantry (1st British Columbia Regiment)

Rank : Private
Service Number : 760414

Killed in Action; Belgium 10th November 1917 Age 20

Medals and Awards
Herbert was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

Further Information

Whitchurch Herald 14th November 1918

Memorial for Herbert Arthur Dawson in the Whitchurch Herald 14th November 1918

"In Memory;
In sacred remembrance of Herbert Arthur (Bertie) second son and dearly beloved son, of Mr & Mrs Dawson of Station Road, Whitchurch He was killed whilst under heavy shell fire on November 10th 1917, having volunteered as a stretcher bearer when every stretcher bearer in his platoon had been killed. He was serving with the First Canadians "

Whitchurch Herald 14th November 1918

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Information provided by Terry Evanson Whitchurch, Shropshire and Whitchurch Museum and Archives

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