Private William Nathaniel Dawson
Service Number 307611/5958
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
1st/8th Territorial Battalion
Cemetery/Memorial Name: Thiepval Memorial
Grave/memorial Reference: Pier and Face 9 A 9B and 10 B
Private William Nathaniel Dawson was born in Rugby and registered in the third quarter of 1882, and was baptised 12th November 1882 at St. Andrews Church Rugby. William’s parents were John W. and Rebecca Dawson. He was the eldest of 6 children those being George, John, Ellen and Emma. They were all living in 10 Corbett Street Rugby in 1891 and their father, John is working for the Railway and is only given as a Railway Servant. By 1901 on the census for that year they are all residing at 46 Claremont Road Rugby, and William is a Railway Clerk, and his father is a Railway Engine Driver, and brother George is an Apprentice Steam Engine Fitter, and the youngest of the brothers John is an apprentice Butcher. On the 1911 census they are all at 114 Claremont Road Rugby, John the father is a Railway Loco Driver, John the brother is now a Butcher’s Assistant, sister Ellen is a Re Lamper, and sister Emma is a Capstan Lathe Operator, William is still given as a Railway Clerk. According to William’s Army Record he signed a Short Service Attestation 23rd March 1915 and was assigned to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 23rd March 1916. He was Killed in Action 27th August 1916, aged 33 years, and has no known grave. His name is on the Thievpal Memorial in France, and is recorded on Rugby’s Memorial Gates. On the Army Registers of Soldiers Effects William’s father was sent £2 7s 6d on 3rd October 1916. On the National Probate Calendar of 1917 it says :
Dawson William Nathaniel of 114 Claremont Road Rugby Warwickshire. Private 8th Battalion Royal Warwickshire died on or since 27 August 1917 in France Administration London 7th November to John William Dawson engine driver. Effects £424 9s 0d. Awarded the Victory Medal and the British Medal posthumously.
William’s name is recorded on Thievpal Memorial France and on Rugby Memorial Gates.