Private John Dobson
105862 Royal Army Medical Corps att 33rd Stat Hospital
Lived at 33 Colbran Street
Died of Pneumonia 3rd November 1918, aged 32
Buried in Skopje Cemetery, Macedonia
St Peters Memorial, Burnley

Pickup Croft Memorial
Burnley Express 16th November 1918

“Official news had been received that he had died from influenza in Salonika. He had a leave from Ireland in April 1916 and was sent out to Salonika in May 1916. Whilst there he had malarial fever three times. Prior to joining up Private Dobson was the secretary and a teacher at Pickup Croft Sunday School. Two of his brothers are serving - one in Italy and another is wounded and in England. There will be a memorial service at Pickup Croft on Sunday night.”

John Dobson was born at Shuttleworth the son of Edward & Alice Dobson. He was the husband of Nellie Dobson of 33 Colbran Street, Burnley (Off Thursby Road).
He enlisted in Burnley in December 1915an served as Private 105862 in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was attached to the 33rd Stationary Hospital in Salonika when he died of pneumonia aged 32 on Sunday 3rd November 1918. He is buried at Skopje Military Cemetery in Macedonia.

In the Burnley Express Roll of Honour for Nov 16 1918 he was remembered by his brother A J Dobson 35 Holbeck Street. Dick in Ireland; and on November 30th by his mother and all at 34 Healey Wood Road and Herbert at Barrow.

John Dobson was also commemorated on the Pickup Croft Sunday School Memorial which was dedicated on 16th September 1922. Pickup Croft was a mission church of St Peter’s Parish and was also used as an Infant School.



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