DAWSON, Douglas
(Service number 55443)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 11 February 1890 Place of Birth New Machar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Box 42, Fairlie
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John DAWSON (father), Brown Hills, New Machar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Also Mrs David STEPHENSON (friend)
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 28th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 26 July 1917
Transport Ulimaroa
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 5 July 1974 Age 84 years
Place of Death 83 Herbert Street, Invercargill (residence)
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Dunedin; ashes interred Queenstown Cemetery
Memorial Reference Block 9, Plot 5
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Douglas Dawson was the son of John Wilson and Anne (née Smith) Dawson. In 1891 Douglas and some of hisw siblings were in the care of a woman at New Machar; in 1901 they were all home at Broomhills Farm, Old Machar, Aberdeenshire. Douglas stated that he had been inNew Zealand for three years, having come in 1914 per the 'Orsova'. He made a visit home in 1953. He returned to Fairlie, New Zealand with Draft 187 which brought a large number of soldiers home in early October 1918. Douglas married Ella Rita Leyden in 1925 in New Zealand.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [09 July 2019]; Cemetery records; Evening Post, 30 September 1918 (Papers Past) [16 August 2016]

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