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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 07/02/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 30/04/1885
Died: 07/06/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 32
Summary      
Frederick Dawson was the son of James and Mary Dawson. Frederick was born in Shankill, Belfast about 1885. Frederick worked as a dairy manager. Rifleman Frederick Dawson was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifle when he was killed in action in Belgium on 7th June 1917. He was 32 years old. The CWGC records Rifleman Frederick Dawson as the son of James and Mary Dawson, of Caledon, Co. Tyrone. He was also the husband of Anna Helen Dawson (nee Hughey), of 93, Cavehill Road, Belfast.
Further Information
Frederick Dawson was the youngest son of James and Mary Dawson. James Dawson married Mary Green on 27th September 1872 in the district of Lisburn.
Frederick was born in Shankill, Belfast on 30th April 1884. Fred was one seven children, five surviving.
Family: James Dawson, Mary Dawson, James Dawson (born 23rd June 1873, Hillsborough, Lisburn), William Dawson (born 27th April 1875, Hillsborough, Lisburn), Richard Dawson (born 17th August 1877, Belfast), Robert Dawson (born 28th November 1879, Belfast), Samuel Dawson (born 24th December 1881, Belfast), Fredrick Dawson (born 30th April 1884, Belfast), Mina Dawson (born 26th April 1887, Belfast).
The 1901 census does not list Frederick as living with the family at house 23 in Main Street, Caledon, County Tyrone. His father was described as a Tweed Finisher Master.
The 1901 census lists a Fred Dawson, age 15, living with relatives, the McGrath family, at house 249 in Newtownards Road, Pottinger, Belfast. Fred was a student. (TBC)
The 1911 census records the Dawson family living at 161 Newtownards Road, Pottinger, Belfast. Frederick was 26 years old and working as a dairy manager. His father was a woollen finisher.
Frederick married Anna Helen Hughey on 3rd January 1913 in Belfast.
Frederick Dawson enlisted in Belfast.
Rifleman Frederick Dawson was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action in Belgium on 7th June 1917. He was 32 years old.
A newspaper report from the time records that his father was living at 63 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast. His wife was living at 189 North Queen Street, Belfast.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 23rd June 1917:
Private Frederick Dawson, Royal Irish Rifles, who was killed in action recently, was the youngest son of Mr James Dawson, 63 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, late of Caledon, and husband of Mrs Helen Dawson, 189 North Queen Street, Belfast.
Rifleman Frederick Dawson is buried in Spanbroekmolen British Cemetery, eight kilometres south of Ypres town centre in Belgium.
The CWGC records Rifleman Frederick Dawson as the son of James and Mary Dawson of Caledon, Co. Tyrone. He was also the husband of Anna Helen Dawson (nee Hughey), of 93 Cavehill Road, Belfast.
There is no evidence to suggest that Frederick Dawson ever lived in the Dungannon area.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Caledon Town Caledon CWGC list parents as living in Caledon 54.351029 -6.835642
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1 1901 Census lists a Fred Dawson Lists Fred Dawson, age 15, living with relatives at house 249 in Newtownards Road, Pottinger, Down
2 1901 Census lists Dawson family Does not list Frederick as living with the family at house 23 in Main St, Caledon, Tyrone
3 1911 Census lists Dawson family Lists James as age 26 living with the family at house 161 in Newtownards Road, Pottinger, Down
4 Find A Grave Photo of Rifleman Frederick Dawson's gravestone
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Rifleman Frederick Dawson's gravestone can be purchased here
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