Alexander (Halsey) DAWSON


DAWSON, Alexander

Service Number: 2021
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Launceston Tasmania, 1896
Home Town: Scottsdale, Dorset, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, France, 19 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

1 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2021, 12th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
1 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2021, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Father 69 Pte. Russell Harry Aubrey Dawson, 69. 40th Bn. Australian Inf. Killed in action 20th July, 1917. Kandahar Farm Cemetery Neuve-Eglise.

2021 Private Alexander Dawson 12th Battalion was only 19 years and 2 months of age when he enlisted in Tasmania in February 1915. Due to his youth, he had to have his parents consent, and he produced the following letter signed by his parents, “My dear son, With reference to the request of the military authorities for our consent to you (Alexander Dawson) going to the war in defence of King and country, we hereby give our consent and trust God may use you to defend the Grand old flag of British liberty and that it may please Him to bring you safely back to us when this war is over.” Letter dated February 1915, and signed by Russell and Catherine Dawson. 

Alexander served on Gallipoli briefly, only lasting about 3 weeks, in June 1915, before he was evacuated with diarrhea and dysentery. He was sent to France in 1916, and was reported missing then killed in action at during the battles for Mouquet Farm from the 19th to the 22nd of August 1916.