Born 1881, Ipswich.

Died on or since death presumed: 2nd November 1916; age: 35; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 201211

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

Formerly 3786, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 1C & 2A.

Thiepval Memorial,






1891   5, Chalon Street, Ipswich.


John was 9 years old and visiting his maternal uncle & aunt, a grandfather.

Frederick Curtis, 35, a Mill Labourer, born Winston, Suffolk.

Sarah Curtis, 34, born Ipswich.

James Curtis, 82, a widower, born Winston.


1901   6, Church Lane, Ipswich.


John was 19 years old, a Dock Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

William Dawson, 44, a Dock Labourer, born Harwich, Essex.

Eliza Dawson (nee Curtis), 42, born Ipswich.

William Charles Dawson, 10, born Ipswich.

Sarah Ann Dawson, 7, born Ipswich.

Rayner Dawson, 3, born Ipswich.


1911   3, Samuel Court, Ipswich.


John was 29 years old, a Warehouseman. He was married and head of the household.

Sarah, 21.

John, 5 months.


John’s mother, Eliza Dawson died in 1909, Ipswich.


In 1909, Ipswich, John married Sarah Ann Potter, born December 1889, Ipswich – daughter of William James Potter, a brickmaker and Mary Ann Potter (nee Hall), of 6, Kemp Yard, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Sarah and John had three children:

John William Dawson, born October 1910, Ipswich.

Sarah Eliza Dawson, born December 1913, Ipswich.

Rayner Wilfred Dawson, born May 1916, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Sarah A. Dawson – widow.


In 1911, Ipswich, John’s widowed father, William Dawson married Mary Eliza Smith (nee Chamberlain). Mary also lost a son during the First World War. George Anthony Chamberlain died on the 13th April 1915 from shrapnel wounds in the head, at Netley Military Hospital, Hampshire, he was 24 years of age. George was ranked a Corporal, service number 7427 for the 1st Battalion of the Suffolk regiment. George was accorded a military funeral and laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery.

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