2nd Lieutenant William DOWSON
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2nd Lieutenant William DOWSON
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2nd Lieutenant William DOWSON

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2nd Lieutenant William DOWSON.

Information is scarce on this Officer.
We KNOW that he was born in 1885 in the Middlesbrough area.
It is thought that he enlisted at the outbreak of war, and was commissioned from the ranks towards the end of 1917.
He first served as an Officer with the 5th Battalion. He fought at the 2nd Battle of St. Julien, and the Somme.
He was wounded on 4 April 1918, and in a letter (to his father) below recounts his movements in the preceding month or so to that date.
His Pension Records Card indicates that he was attached to the Yorkshire Hussars, though the Green Howards Gazette states that he was attached to the Rifle Brigade when he was wounded.

He died on 10 August 1920 aged 35.

From the 1911 Census, his parents were Robert and Margaret Dowson and he had one sister, Eliza. The family lived at 2 Lax Terrace, Norton. His father was a railway signalman, and William Dowson was a Borough Council Weights and Measures Assistant Inspector.

Action involving 2nd Lieutenant William Dowson (20 Mb PDF file)

Photo and letter supplied by his g-gransdon Gary Nolan (<gary.nolan1@hotmail.co.uk>)

Further information on William Dowson, including the cause of death and identification of the second soldier in the photograph (above) is found in this page published by the Stockton Borough Council.

William Dowson was commissioned on 29 August 1917, as reported in the London Gazette.

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