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Second Lieutenant Leonard Dawson


Ackrills 1915/91

Lt Leonard Dawson, son of Mr and Mrs H Dawson, of Harrogate, 13th West Yorks.


Harrogate Herald - 19th August 1914

Wednesday Gossip

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 stationed.


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 4th.


Harrogate Herald - 2nd May 1917

Wednesday Gossip

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 Yorkshire Regiment)

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.

Additional Information:

Son of Harry Dawson and Mary Isobel Dawson, of "Kentroyd," 20, Kent Rd., Harrogate, Yorks. Enlisted August, 1914.

Commemorative Information



Grave Reference/Panel Number:

Panel 47 to 51