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Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

Remembering some of the Bolton men who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915

Albert Robert Dawson

Albert Robert DawsonBolton Journal and Guardian 5 November 1915

Fought at Gaba Tepe

The death of another Boltonian with the Australian contingent in the person of Bugler Albert Robert Dawson is announced. Prior to going to Victoria three years ago Dawson, whose relatives live in the Daubhill district, was employed as an iron turner at Dobson and Barlow’s. Dawson, who was one of the first volunteers to leave for the front in October, was in the ill-fated 3rd Battalion and went through the landing at Gaba Tepe unscathed. He was 25 years of age, and leaves a young widow and three children.

Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Advocate 11 September 1915

Bugler Albert Robert Dawson
Killed in action

He was amongst the first of our volunteers to leave for the front, in October last, and was attached to the ill-fated 3rd Battalion. He was with the landing party at Gaba Tepe, and went through the trying ordeal unscathed. He was 25 years of age and leaves a widow and three little children, not too well provided for. They reside in a small semi-detached cottage in Woodburn-road, Lidcombe. The subject of our notice had only been out here three years from England. His mother resides at Waverley: he has a younger brother at the front, and another only 18 years of age now in camp. His wife received word officially of his death on the 2nd inst. He was killed in action on 4th of August. On the 8th inst. she received from him a few lines written on a piece of cardboard dated 29th July, from the trenches in Gallipoli. He stated: “I am in good health. There is nothing doing, only plenty of work. The enemy has been sticking plenty of shell into our trenches lately, but without doing much damage.” Previous to that a rather lengthy letter was received by Mrs. Dawson, dated 12th July. In it he said: “It is fairly quiet at present as far as fighting is concerned. The warships are bombarding the enemy on our right flank, and our artillery and the enemy are having a bit of a go at each other. Of course, this is an every day occurrence. We keep up a bit of sniping at the enemy’s trenches, which are only 90 yards in front of us, and they do the same to us and try to get at one another’s loop holes. It is quite a long time since we saw a Turk. We never see anything now, only a bit of dust or a rifle flash to fire at. Of course you can bet we don’t show much of ourselves over the parapet. You should see the flies over here. They are ready to eat one. There are millions of them at meal times. They nearly drink the tea on us. I am receiving instructions on a machine gun. I expect to be in that section shortly.

Albert was the son of Robert Dawson b.1866, A safe maker, and Mary Ellen Dawson née Wash B.1870

He first appeared on the 1891 Census living at 4 Lomax Buildings, Bradshawgate, Bolton with his parents.

Albert married Annie Roylance in Bolton in 1910.

The couple appeared on the 1911 Census living at at 14 Albert Street, Bolton with daughter Ivy b.1911. His occupation was given as iron roller spacer.

A son, Albert was born late in 1911.

The family sailed for Sydney, Australia in August 1912 where Albert intended to start a new life as a farmer.

His medical report on enlistment recorded him as being 5' 7" tall and weighing 10st 2lb with fair complexion, brown eyes and fair curly hair. He had a tattoo of Prince of Wales feathers and a star on his right forearm.


Name Dawson, Albert Robert
Rank Buglar
Number 1091
Unit 3rd Bn
Australian Imperial Force
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Randwick, Sydney,
NSW, Australia
17 August 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
4 August 1915
Age 25
Grave or Memorial Shrapnel Valley Cemetery,
Gallipoli, Turkey
Australian Imperial Force