Thomas Dawson was one of several children born to Thomas and Emma Dawson. He was born at ‘Cheshire Cheese’, on Burwardsley Road, Tattenhall but on Census night 1911, at the age of just 13, he is recorded as an ‘errand boy and cow boy’ at the Carden Arms, Burwardsley (currently ‘The Pheasant Inn’).
Thomas signed up for the Great War and served with both the Royal Horse Artillery and the Royal Field Artillery. Gunner Dawson’s Regimental Service Number was 229936.
Gunner Dawson died on 8 September 1918 (just 4 weeks before the Armistice). He was 20 years old. He is remembered at the Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, which lies on the outskirts of Boulogne, on the Tattenhall War Memorial and he will also be remembered on the ‘Burwardsley Roll of Honour’ which is currently being created since he had obvious links with Burwardsley.