L/9153 Gunner Willard Richard Dawson.

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31st Divisional Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery, (attached to X/31st, Medium Trench Mortar Battery).

Awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 6 January 1917.

Dawson was a native of Padiham, Lancashire.

Born on the 14 May 1893. Enlisted on the 5 April 1915 and proceeded to France on the 4 April 1916, posted to the 31st Divisional Ammunition Column. After a short course at the Trench mortar School he was posted to X/31st Trench mortar Battery and whilst serving with this unit he suffered a gun shot wound to the chest on the 22 October 1916 and returned to the U.K. on board the Hospital Ship, St. David. On recovery he embarked from the U.K. on the 23 January 1917 and was posted to the 67th South African Divisional Ammunition Column in the Balkans (Salonika) where he disembarked on the 3 February 1917. Discharged to the reserve on the 21 April 1919. Died May 1969.

Lived at 3, Altham Street, Padiham.