Lt Leonard Dawson, son of Mr and Mrs H
Dawson, of Harrogate, 13th West Yorks.
Harrogate Herald - 19th August 1914
Leonard Dawson, son of Mr & Mrs H
Dawson, and R J Riley, a well-known Harrogate Association
football player, have both joined the Regular Army while the war
lasts, and are now at York, where several other Harrogate men are
Claro Times - 18th June 1915
Mr and Mrs H Dawson, of Harrogate, were
informed by wire from the War Office on Sunday evening, that their
son Leonard Dawson, who, held a commission in the 13th West
Yorkshire Regiment, was missing. The news was received in the town
with deep regret, for the friends of Leonard Dawson in
Harrogate and district are legion.
It was less than a month ago that Lieutenant
Dawson left Harrogate for service, being on the reserve of
officers. It is thought to be more than likely he was drafted to one
of the battalions of the Lancashire Fusiliers for service in the
Dardanelles, but when he left Liverpool his destination was unknown.
A fortnight later, on June 4th, he was missing, so that he could not
have been at the Dardanelles more than a couple of days before the
capture. Three other officers who left Liverpool at the same time
have also figured in the casualty lists.
He was in his early youth a choirboy at St Peter's
Church, and later became widely known as a clever entertainer at the
piano, his services being in great demand. He was one of the first
to join Kitchener's Army from Harrogate, enlisting in the ranks of
the 10th West Yorkshires. Up to yesterday evening no further news
had been received, but it is hoped that he is alive and well.
Claro Times - 15th October 1915
The following account of how Lieutenant Leonard
Dawson, son of Mr and Mrs H Dawson, of Kent Road, and a
member of the firm of H Dawson and Company, Princes Street,
Harrogate, met his death, was forwarded by Lieutenant Davison, of
the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers, whose brother was also killed in the
same advance in the Dardanelles on June 4th.
"In the attack on a Turkish position, Lieutenant
Dawson led his platoon right up to the first line of trenches,
but on reaching these he was badly wounded. He then attempted to
crawl back to our own lines, but was again shot, this time fatally.
Shortly after this, the Turks, in order to drive us back, set fire
to the gorse (which accounts for his being reported missing), as the
country is covered with it".
The officer who forwarded the above particulars adds
the following touching tribute to Lieutenant Dawson's memory
: "We were all immensely sorry, as he was a jolly fine chap,
and very popular with everybody, and I only hope that if I am to
meet my death, that I shall do so in the same way as he, for his was
a gallant end".
Claro Times - 19th November 1915
Mr and Mrs H Dawson, of Kentroyd, Harrogate,
have received official confirmation of the death of their eldest
son, Second Lieutenant Leonard Dawson, of the 13th West
Yorkshire Regiment, who was afterwards attached to the 1st
Lancashire Fusiliers. He obtained his commission in February last,
landed in Gallipoli on June 1st, and was reported missing on June
Harrogate Herald - 2nd May 1917
My attention has been drawn through some work done
by R Ackrill to a number of beautiful portraits in oils of
well-known Harrogate young men who have made the supreme sacrifice,
which have been executed by Mrs Varney,[Mr and Mrs A Varney,
artists, 20 Park Parade] of the Park Parade Studios, Harrogate. The
soldiers include Second Lieutenant Leonard Dawson, Second
Lieutenant C E Duncan, Private Reginald Jones, Private J Croft,
&c. In each case excellent likenesses have been secured, and the
work does the artist infinite credit. Mrs Varney is making a
speciality of this class of work, producing a high-class picture at
a moderate figure.
13th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West
2Lt (TP) Leonard Dawson
Died : 4th June 1915
Note : Attached Lancashire Fusiliers
In Memory of
Second Lieutenant 13th Bn., West Yorkshire Regt.
(Prince of Wales's Own) attd. 1st Bn, Lancashire Fusiliers who died
on Friday, 4th June 1915. Age 21.
Son of Harry Dawson and Mary Isobel Dawson,
of "Kentroyd," 20, Kent Rd., Harrogate, Yorks. Enlisted
HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey
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