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William Albert Dawson

In memory of:

Lance Corporal William Albert Dawson

June 27, 1918

Military Service


Service Number:

823269

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Army Medical Corps

Division:

142nd Battalion, Llandovery Castle (Hospital Ship)

Additional Information


Born:

February 16, 1896

Son of William Albert and Clara Dawson, of 58 Albion St., London, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 395 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

HALIFAX MEMORIAL
Nova Scotia, Canada

Grave Reference:

Panel 2.

Location:

The HALIFAX MEMORIAL in Nova Scotia's capital, erected in Point Pleasant Park, is one of the few tangible reminders of the men who died at sea. Twenty-four ships were lost by the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War and nearly 2,000 members of the RCN lost their lives. This Memorial was erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and was unveiled in November 1967 with naval ceremony by H.P. MacKeen, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, in the presence of R. Teillet, then Minister of Veterans Affairs. The monument is a great granite Cross of Sacrifice over 12 metres high, clearly visible to all ships approaching Halifax. The cross is mounted on a large podium bearing 23 bronze panels upon which are inscribed the names of over 3,000 Canadian men and women who were buried at sea. The dedicatory inscription, in French and English, reads as follows:

1914-1939
1918-1945
IN THE HONOUR OF
THE MEN AND WOMEN
OF THE NAVY
ARMY AND MERCHANT NAVY
OF CANADA
WHOSE NAMES
ARE INSCRIBED HERE
THEIR GRAVES ARE UNKNOWN
BUT THEIR MEMORY
SHALL ENDURE.

On June 19, 2003, the Government of Canada designated September 3rd of each year as a day to acknowledge the contribution of Merchant Navy Veterans.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Photo of WILLIAM ALBERT DAWSON– L Cpl William Albert Dawson 823269 is remembered on the Halifax Memorial in Nova Scotia and on an honour roll in First Baptist Church, London. He died on the 27th of June 1918 while serving on the Llandovery Castle Hospital Ship as a member of the 142nd Btn and Canadian Army Medical Corps. The ship was torpedoed, although clearly marked as a hospital ship, by German submarine U86. 
He was the son of William and Clara Dawson of Albion Street. For more on the sinking of the Llandovery Castle see http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/writing/llandoveryCastle.asp
The picture is from the December 1918 edition of The Echo published in London Ontario --And in the Morning

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