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.

Unfortunately, we know little of 2nd Lieutenant Dowson at this stage, - e.g. when he enlisted, which battalion he served in.
We KNOW that he was born in 1885 in Ormesby, near Middlesbrough.
His Medal Index Rolls card shows that he enlisted into the Durham Light infantry as a Private, No 2542 (in 1914?). He was promoted to Corporal and first served in France on 17 April 1915.
He fought at the 2nd Battle of St. Julien, and the Somme.
On 28 August 1917 he was Gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant in the Yorkshire Regiment. (Battalion unknown).
He was wounded on 4 April 1918, and the letter (to his father) below recounts his movements in the preceding month or so to that date.
From the Green Howards Gazette, he was attached to the Rifle Brigade at the time he was wounded.

He died on 10 August 1920 aged 35.

From the 1911 Census, his parents were Robert and Annie 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>)

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