Dawson is remembered on the St. Mary & St. Botolph Church, Whitton-cum-Thurleston.


Born: 16th October 1889, Hackney Downs, London.

Died: 25th February 1915; age 25; killed on B.E. 2b 676 at Upavon, Wiltshire.

Residence: Central Flying School, Upavon, Wiltshire & Whitton-cum-Thurleston, Suffolk.


Rank: Flight Lieutenant.

Regiment: Royal Navy Air Service.


Buried: 27th February 1915.


Grave Reference:


Upavon Cemetery,





1891   7, Officers House, at Arsenal, Woolwich, London.


Dawson was a year old and living with his parents & sisters.

David Fitzgerald Downing, 34, a Captain – Royal Artillery, born Kensington, Middlesex.

Mary Maud Downing (nee Shakespear), 25, born St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

Pansy Downing, 4, born Southsea, Hampshire.

Lorna Geraldine Shakespear Downing, 3, born Southsea.


1901   5, Endsleigh Terrace, Tavistock, Devon.


Dawson was 11 years old, he was 1 of 4 Pupils and Boarders at the private boys school. Head Master – 31 year old, Edward N. Dodd.


1911   at sea, H.M.S.’Spanker’.


Dawson was 21 years old, a Lieutenant for the Royal Navy. He was 1 of 92 men on board H.M.S.’Spanker’ a Sharpshooter-class Torpedo Gun Boat, 1st Class – Fishery Duties. Lieutenant & Commander – Samuel Collins.


Dawson’s father, David Fitzgerald Downing died April 1899, Tavistock, Devon. His mother, Mary Maud Downing died June 1902, Plymouth, Devon.


Great Britain Royal Aero Certificate taken on the 6th January 1915, taken on a Maurice Farman Biplane, at Central Flying School, Upavon, Wiltshire.


Probate to Pansy Downing – sister.

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