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Driver Thomas Dawson

Hampshire soldier commemorated 99 years after his death

12 January 2017

A serviceman who died 99 years ago has received a CWGC headstone on January 11 at Greywell St Mary’s Churchyard in Hampshire.

Driver Thomas Dawson, Army Service Corps, died at the age of 41 on September 10, 1918, at Park Hospital, Hither Green, Lewisham after being evacuated from France suffering from the effects of gassing and TB.

The CWGC were not informed at the time of Thomas’ death, hence him never receiving a Commission headstone. However, his case was highlighted by family members and the CWGC confirmed that Thomas should be accepted for a special headstone and he has also to be put on the Roll of Honour.

Thomas, who lived at Church Cottage, Greywell, Hampshire, right next to the churchyard, was the husband of Amelia Dawson and the son of William and Caroline Dawson.

His granddaughter, Kay Davidge, attended the installation of the headstone and was extremely pleased that her grandfather has received his Commission headstone.

She said: “I always knew my grandfather was buried at Greywell Cemetery, but we never knew exactly where.

“When I started to research into his history, I realised he hadn’t been given a Commission headstone or was recorded as a casualty of war. Now everyone who visits this cemetery will know the huge sacrifice that Thomas made.

“I would like to thank the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for making today possible. I now have a place to come and pay my respects to my grandfather, which is wonderful.”

More background information on Thomas can be found here - http://www.greywell.info/ShowDoc.asp?DocNo=14475