Ernest (Ern) DAWES

DAWES, Ernest

Service Number: 431
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Prospect, South Australia, 31 January 1893
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: North Adelaide & Nailsworth Public Schools, South Australia
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Killed in Action, France, 13 August 1916, aged 23 years
Cemetery: London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board, Prospect St Cuthbert's Church Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 431, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 431, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 431, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
13 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 431, 50th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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"...431 Private Ernest Dawes, 50th Battalion from Prospect, South Australia. A 21 year old carpenter prior to enlisting on 24 August 1914, he embarked for overseas with G Company of the 10th Battalion from Adelaide on 20 October 1914 aboard HMAT Ascanius. The 10th Battalion was the first ashore at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1914 and Pte Dawes was wounded in action on that first day. He was evacuated to Egypt for medical treatment and returned to Gallipoli on 30 July 1915. On 7 September he was taken ill and again evacuated to Egypt only to return to Gallipoli on 28 November 1915. After the evacuation of Gallipoli, Pte Dawes transferred to the 50th Battalion in Egypt and went with them to France in June 1916. He was killed in action on 13 August 1916 and buried in the Daours Communal Cemetery, France. However, after the war, his grave could not be located and was not found again until 1937 when his body was identified and relocated to the London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval, France." - SOURCE (

"Mr. G. Dawes, Olive-street, Prospect, has been notified that his son, Private Ernest Dawes, has been reported missing since August 16. Private Dawes was wounded at the landing on Gallipoli." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 23 Sep 1916 (


"DAWES.— In loving memory of Ern Dawes (original 10th), brother of Edie and Reg. Seymour, who fell at Mouquet Farm, August 13, 1916.

Thy Word is true, Thy will is just, To Thee we leave him, Lord, in trust.

DAWES.— In loving memory of Ernest, dearly loved brother of Fred and Maude Dawes, who fell at Mouquet Farm, on August 13, 1916, aged 23 years.

Father, in Thy gracious keeping, Leave we now our loved one sleeping.

DAWES,— In loving memory of our dear son, Private Ern Dawes (original 10th), who fell at Mouquet Fawn, August 13, 1916 (previously reported missing), aged 28½ years.

Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. -Inserted by father, mother, sisters, and brothers." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 18 Aug 1917 (