DAWSON Edward Charles

Male 1894 - 1918  (23 years)


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  • Name DAWSON Edward Charles 
    Born 1 Jul 1894  Hillgrove, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1915  Swamp Creek, Hillgrove, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 30 Mar 1918  France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Villers-Bretonneux, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I719  The Tree of Him
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2014 

    Father DAWSON John Swan,   b. 26 Jan 1865, Saumarez Ponds, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1932, Marrickville Or 26 Oct Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother ROAN Mary E,   b. 10 Sep 1866, Tilbuster Sep Or Oct Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1948, Carlton, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 16 Jun 1886  [3
    Family ID F260  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Jul 1894 - Hillgrove, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Villers-Bretonneux, France Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Notes 
    • Blue eyes, red hair
      Upon his death his effects of
      Ex Kit Store. Book 16
      2 ties, pr. dancing shoes, calapsible cup
      letters, photos, post cards, 2 wallets, 1 razor in case, 1 fountain pen (damaged), 1 religious booklet
      were forwarded to his father per Barunga, 21 jun 1918, case 1149


      http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/93000/VILLERS-BRETONNEUX%20MEMORIAL
      Country:
      France
      Locality:
      Somme
      Identified Casualties:
      10762
      Location Information
      Villers-Bretonneux is a village 16 kilometres east of Amiens on the straight main road to St Quentin.

Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery is about 2 kilometres north of the village on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

      Visiting Information
      This memorial stands within Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery.

Access to the tower at the memorial will be restricted during bad weather conditions.

During working hours wheelchair access to Villers-Bretonneux Cemetery, in which the memorial stands, is possible by an alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on 01628 507200.

The names are engraved on the memorial in order of battalion, then alphabetically under rank.


      Historical Information
      Villers-Bretonneux became famous in 1918, when the German advance on Amiens ended in the capture of the village by their tanks and infantry on 23 April. On the following day, the 4th and 5th Australian Divisions, with units of the 8th and 18th Divisions, recaptured the whole of the village and on 8 August 1918, the 2nd and 5th Australian Divisions advanced from its eastern outskirts in the Battle of Amiens. 

The memorial is the Australian National Memorial erected to commemorate all Australian soldiers who fought in France and Belgium during the First World War, to their dead, and especially to name those of the dead whose graves are not known. 

The Australian servicemen named in this register died in the battlefields of the Somme, Arras, the German advance of 1918 and the Advance to Victory. The memorial stands within Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, which was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from other burial grounds in the area and from the battlefields. 

Both the cemetery and memorial were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The memorial was unveiled by King George VI on 22 July 1938.

DISCOVERY OF REMAINS AND ADDITIONAL COMMEMORATIONS

Of the 10,982 names displayed at the unveiling of the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial the burial places of many have since been identified and this continues to this day; 6 of these being among the significant discovery of 250 burials which culminated in the first new Commission cemetery in 50 years being dedicated in July 2010 as Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery.

All these discoveries are now commemorated by individual headstones in the cemeteries where their remains lie and their details recorded in the relevant cemetery registers; their names will be removed from this memorial in due course.

Time has also revealed more names not previously notified which have now been added to this memorial and register. 

There are now 10,762 Australian servicemen officially commemorated by this memorial and named within the register.

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] NSW BDM’S, 1894 16358.

    2. [S23] Australian Archives.

    3. [S6] NSW BDM’S, 1886 6829.