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Samuel James Dawson

Information about birth

Date of birth:
05/11/1894
Place of birth:
Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand

General information

Last known residence:
Mauriceville, Welllington, New Zealand
Profession:
Farmer
Religion:
Church of England

Army information

Country:
New Zealand
Force:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
20309
Enlistment date:
01/05/1916
Enlistment place:
Trentham, Wellington, New Zealand
Units:
 —  Wellington Regiment, 2nd Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
04/10/1917
Place of death:
Calgary Grange, 's Graventafel, Belgium
Cause of death:
Missing in action
Age:
22

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Samuel James Dawson was born in Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand on 5 November 1894. He had one sister and was working as a farmer in Mauriceville, Wellington when he joined the army on 1 May 1916. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion of the Wellington Regiment, part of the 1st Brigade of the New Zealand Division.

On 4 October 1917, the New Zealanders were deployed at the Battle of Broodseinde, part of the Battle of Passchendaele. The 1st Brigade on the left of the division advanced from W├╝rst Farm with the 1st Wellingtons and 1st Aucklands. Despite stiff German opposition at Boetleer, they managed to reach the first goal line at Gravenstafel and dig in.

From there, the 2nd Aucklands and Wellingtons continued the attack towards Waterloo, where a large number of Germans were captured. During the fighting at Calgary Grange, the 2nd Battalion of the Wellington Regiment received heavy fire from Kronprinz Farm. During the night of 4 October it rained sporadically and was cold, but no counterattacks on the new positions followed.

After the fighting on 4 October 1917, Samuel James Dawson, 23, was reported missing. Samuel has no known grave to this day and is commemorated on the New Zealand Apse, panel 7A, at Tyne Cot Memorial.

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Photo of Samuel James Dawson

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Samuel James Dawson - Trentham, New Zealand (bottom row, 2nd from right)

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Letters (Official)

Enquiry Bureau for Missing & Wounded letter

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Sources 3

Cunningham W.H., Treadwell C.A.L., Hanna J.S., The Wellington Regiment N.Z.E.F. 1914-1919 (Uckfield,The Naval&Military Press, Ridgewood Industrial Park,NN.), 214-223.
Sources used
McCarthy, Chris. Passchendaele: the Day-by-Day Account. (Londen: Unicorn Publishing Group, 2018), 112-114.
Sources used
New Zealand Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives New Zealand, Wellington (ANZ), R20996102).
https://www.archives.govt.nz/
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