|Place of birth||New York, NY, USA|
|Address||10 Sydney Street, Erskineville, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||23|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs L Dawson, 4 Sydney Street, Erskineville, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Served for 3 years in St George's Rifles, Citizen Military Forces (resigned).|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||liverpool, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||1st Battalion, 10th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/18/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on
|Regimental number from Nominal Roll||3136A|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||45th Battalion|
|Fate||Discharged on account of desertion
|Family/military connections||Brothers: 2720 Pte Henry Constantine DAWSON, 45th Bn, killed in action, 7 April 1918; 6548 Hughie Francis Carlin DAWSON, 17th Bn, discharged on account of desertion, 1 April 1920; Pte 19362 Sapper John Owen DAWSON, 1st Signal Squadron Engineers, returned to Australia, 30 August 1918; 3136 Pte Paul Richard DAWSON, 45th Bn, discharged on account of desertion, 1 April 1920; 17967 Sapper Samuel DAWSON, Anzac Mounted Division Train, returned to Australia, 26 August 1918.|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Taken on strength, 1st Bn, 6 January 1916.
Transferred to 53rd Bn, 13 February 1916.
Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 14 February 1916 (influenza); discharged to unit, 15 February 1916.
Taken on strength, 45th Bn, 31 March 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.
Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 26 July 1916 (abscess on leg); transferred to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 1 August 1916; discharged to duty, 6 August 1916.
Wounded, 15 August 1916 (sprained back, buried); admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 17 August 1916, and transferred to Ambulance Train No 29; admitted to 23rd General Hospital, Etaples, 17 August 1916; transferred to England, 19 August 1916, and admitted same day to Colchester General Military Hospital. Admitted to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 4 September 1916.
Found guilty, Perham Downs, 23 September 1916, of being absent without leave from 3 pm, 19 September, until he reported back at 4 pm, 20 September 1916: awarded 2 days confined to camp, and forfeited 2 days' pay.
Attached from No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, and posted to War Chest, London, 1 February 1917.
Detached from attachment, 18 April 1917; transferred to 63rd Bn, 27 April 1917.
Marched out to No 1 Command Depot, 9 June 1917.
Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 5 May 1917; escaped from hospital, 5 July 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 62 days.
Court of Enquiry, London, 11 July 1918, declared soldier to be an illegal absentee.
Discharged from the AIF, 1 April 1920, on account of desertion.War medals: forfeited eligibility for medals on account of desertion.