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Regimental number17967
Place of birthHanley, Staffordshire, England
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationColliery manager
AddressSydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 7"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Louisa May Dawson, 36 Dick Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 166 days in the Citizens' Bushmen's Contingent, South African War; demobilised.
Enlistment date27 March 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 February 1917
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st and 2nd Field Troops
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/36/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 9 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal RollAnzac Mounted Division Train
FateReturned to Australia 26 August 1918

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 1
Date: 2 January 1919

Discharge date22 August 1918
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2720 Pte Henry Constantine DAWSON, 45th Bn, killed in action, 7 April 1918; 6548 Pte Hughie Francis Carlin DAWSON, 17th Bn, discharged on account of desertion, 1 April 1920; 19362 Sapper John Owen DAWSON, 1st Signal Squadron Engineers, returned to Australia, 30 August 1918; 2739 Pte Lance Joseph DAWSON, 45th Bn, killed in action, 22 November 1916; 3136 Pte Paul Richard DAWSON, 45th Bn, discharged on account of desertion, 1 April 1920.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine

Disembarked Suez, 20 June 1917.

Taken on strength, D Troop, 1st Field Squadron Engineers, Desert Mounted Corps, Abasan el Kebir, 17 September 1917.

Found guilty, 16 February 1918, of when on Active Service (1) being drunk; (2) creating a disturbance; admonished on charge (1); awarded 6 days' Field Punishment No 2 on charge (2).

Admitted to 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, 23 April 1918 (cuts to scalp); transferred to 76th Casualty Clearing Station, 24 April 1918; to 47th Stationary Hospital, Gaza, 25 April 1918 )cuts to scalp, debility, insomnia); to 44th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 28 April 1918; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Port Said, 29 April 1918 (furnunculosis of meatus); discharged to Details to await embarkation, 4 June 1918.

Awarded Military Medal.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Darwin'; disembarked sydney, 17 August 1918; discharged (family reasons), Sydney, 22 August 1918.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DAWSON Samuel

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