CEF Soldier Detail

Lance Corporal William Albert Dawson
Died: June 27, 1918

Regimental Number:
823269
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
142nd Battalion
Company:
Machine Gun Company
Place of Birth:
Manchester, England
Country:
Next of Kin:
Clara Dawson, Mother, 434 Central Ave., London, Ontario
Address at Enlistment:
434 Central Ave., London, Ontario
Date of Birth:
February 16, 1896
Trade or Calling:
Candymaker
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
London, Ontario
Date of Enlistment:
December 13, 1915
Age at enlistment:
19
Height:
5 Feet 8 Inches
Chest:
36 1/2 Inches
Expansion:
4 1/2 Inches
Religion:
Baptist
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle torpedoed 114 miles south-west of the Fastnet Rock by U86
Date of Death:
June 27, 1918
Age at Death:
22
Buried at:
Halifax Memorial, Nova Scotia
Plot:
Panel 2.
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2375-1
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Lance Corporal Canadian Infantry 142nd Battalion Machine Gun Company

Son of William Albert and Clara Dawson, of 58 Albion St., London, Ontario.

The Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle, bound from Halifax, Nova Scotia, for Liverpool, was torpedoed on June 27th, 1918, 114 miles south-west of the Fastnet Rock by U-86. Despite regulation Red Cross lights, the ship was deliberatly torpedeod and most survivors, including 14 Nursing Sisters were machine gunned. The Llandovery Castle became the rallying cry for the Canadian troops during the Last 100 Days offensive.