James Henry Dawes

Gunner

Royal Garrison Artillery 113516  

Photo courtesy Stephen Dawes

James Henry Dawes

Notes

James was born in 1879, the son of John and Jane Dawes. His father was a well-known general dealer and surveyor of highways. He enlisted in December 1915 and served on the Western Front where he was wounded in the leg by shrapnel and gassed. He was discharged with a Silver War Badge in March 1918 aged thirty-six. He married Elsie Bowyer on 15th June 1918 and died on 8 January 1940 aged sixty-one.

Derbyshire Courier
14 August 1917
CRICH CASUALTIES
Mrs J. Dawes,of Dimple Villas, Crich, received intimation on Thursday of last week that Gunner James H. Dawes, her youngest son, had been gassed, and his condition was serious. The news was forwarded by the matron of the 56th General Hospital, France, where Gunner Dawes was admitted. Information as to his conditionhas been forwarded each day since and he is gradually recovering. Gunner Dawes who is with the Royal Garrison Artillery, has been in France about eight months. He was over on leave in April. Before joining the Army he was employed as a traveller for Messrs F. Allsop, wholesale provisions merchants of Ripley.

Derbyshire Courier
29 December 1917
A feature of the holiday has been the unusually large number of local soldiers who have been fortunate in securing Christmas leave. The list includes Sgt C. Mason, from Ecclesall (Staffs), convalescent home; Private J W Heathcote, A S C (Mechanical Transport), from France; and driver William Coleman, France – the two latter were over together just a year ago – and Sapper Hy V. Smith in the Signalling Service, R.E., who came from France on Monday, after eight months across the Channel. Driver Jas H Dawes, Driver James Bingham, Lance Corporal W Hallam, Cpl Jas Holmes, and Bugler William Hartshorne have also been over on leave. The latter, who is staying with Mr A Buckley, of Park Head, is attached to the Canadian Forces. Along with his parents he emigrated from Park Head, cried, to the Dominion before the war, and like his brother, Tom, he enlisted in the Canadians during the earlier stages of the war.

Medal Roll Index
Gunner 113516; he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals

Silver War Badge
113516 Gunner Dawes James Henry, RGA, Badge 372697; enlisted 8-12-15, discharged 29-3-18 aged 36 years & 6months

Photo courtesy Stephen Dawes

James Hebry Dawes

James on returning from the war; his sheepskin was riddled with lice.


CENSUS INFORMATION

1881: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Dawes Head 30 General dealer, overseer Baldock, Herts
Jane Dawes wife 30   Heage
Mary Ann Dawes daughter 9   Crich
John W Dawes son 8   Crich
Jane Dawes daughter 6   Crich
Samuel H Dawes son 4   Crich
James H Dawes son 18 mo   Crich

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1891: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Dawes Head 40 General dealer, surveyor of highways Baldock, Herts
Jane Dawes wife 40   Heage
Mary Ann Dawes daughter 19 Musician Crich
John William Dawes son 18 General dealer, assistant in shop Crich
Jane Dawes daughter 16 Pupil teacher Crich
Samuel Hawkins Dawes son 13 Monitor school Crich
James Henry Dawes son 11 Scholar Crich
Sarah May Dawes daughter 6 Scholar Crich
Betsy Varey Dawes daughter 4   Crich
Nellie Dawes daughter 1   Crich

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1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Dawes Head 50 Clerk Commercial Baldock, Herts
Jane Dawes wife 50   Heage
Jane Dawes daughter 26 Infant school teacher Crich
James Henry Dawes son 21 Grocers assistant Crich
Sarah May Dawes daughter 16 Domestic Crich
Betsy Varey Dawes daughter 14 Monitor school Crich
Nellie Dawes daughter 11   Crich

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1911: Derwent Villas, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Dawes Head 60 Clerk Baldock, Herts
Jane Dawes wife 60   Heage
Jane Dawes daughter 36 School teacher Crich
James Henry Dawes son 31 Grocers assistant Crich
Sarah May Dawes daughter 26 Housework at home Crich
Betsy Varey Dawes daughter 24 School teacher Crich
Nellie Dawes daughter 21 School teacher Crich
James Alfred Allsop grandson 6 School Ripley

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