Josiah Oakdon Dawes

Private

Canadian Expeditionary Force 3083781 5th Reg C.V.R.

Photo courtesy Kathryn Teeter

Josiah Dawes

Notes

Josiah Dawes was born on 8th March 1889. Along with his mother, Elizabeth (née Wigley) he emigrated to America, arriving in Ellis Island, New York on 30th September 1905. They went out on the SS Lucania having had their passage paid for by Joseph J. Wigley (Elizabeth’s father) who had lived in New York State with his wife Ann for about seventeen years. Josiah’s brother and sister, Abraham and Mary Ann, also emigrated.
In 1910 Josiah married Florence P. Lemmon and in 1915 they had a son, George F. Dawes. Josiah’s American Draft Registration Card dated 5th June 1915 gave his age as twenty-eight, living at Overill Park, New York. He was a married alien with one child, born at Crich, Derbyshire, England and employed at the Faith Knitting Company. He had grey eyes and brown hair. However, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces on 20th April 1918 at Montreal. The Canadian attestation papers named him as Josiah Oakdon Dawes, born 8th March 1889, Crich, Derbyshire. He was a chauffeur, married to Florence, living at Sandlake, USA. His height was 5 feet 5 inches, and he had grey eyes with dark brown hair. According to his granddaughter he had flat feet which is why the American Army would not enlist him.
After serving in the war he returned to the United States during March 1919. He returned from the Canadian Corps Camp at Bramshott aboard the troop ship SS Carmania, sailing from Liverpool.

Draft Registration Card USA
He registered in the USA on 5 June 1915 as Josiah O Dawes, aged 28, of Overill Park, New York; born 8 March 1887, an alien born Crich, Derbyshire, England. He was a mill employee at the Faith Knitting Company, a married Caucasian with a child. He had grey eyes and brown hair.

Attestation papers Canada
Josiah Oakdon Dawes, born 8th March 1889, Crich, Derbyshire. A chauffeur, married to Florence, living at Sandlake, USA. He attested on 20 April 1918 at Montreal. His height was 5ft 5in, grey eyes and dark brown hair.

Derbyshire Courier
22 February 1919
CRICH, LEA and HOLLOWAY
Pte. Josiah Dawes, of the Canadians, visited Crich this week before proceeding to Montreal for demobilisation. Pte. Dawes, who left Crich 14 years ago for the States, was living at Sand Lake N.Y. before enlisting. He crossed the border and then joined a Canadian Regiment before proceeding to England. He expects to return to Bramshott today (Saturday).



CENSUS INFORMATION

1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Abraham Dawes Head 49 Painter & grocer Crich
Elizabeth Dawes wife 47 Grocer Crich
Rebecca Dawes daughter 22 Machine minder cotton mill Crich
Annie Dawes daughter 20 Machine minder cotton mill Crich
Abraham Dawes son 19 Coal miner, hewer Crich
Isaac Dawes son 17 Coal pit labourer Crich
Joseph Dawes son 15 Painter Crich
Florence Dawes daughter 13   Crich
Mary Ann Dawes daughter 12   Crich
Josiah Dawes son 10   Crich
Fred Dawes son 9   Crich

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1910: US Federal Census, Schenectady Ward 11, New York

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Josiah Dawes boarder 21   England

 

1920: US Federal Census, Sand Lake, Rensselaer, New York

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Josiah Dawes Head 31   England
Florence P.   wife 29   New York
George F.   son 4   New York

Josiah Dawes brother Joseph Dawes is also on the Roll of Honour.