DAWN John William

   12957 Pte John William DAWN 6th Batt York Lancaster Regiment

Pte 12957 John William DAWN Y + L

Pte 12957 John William DAWN Y + L




John William DAWN was born Sheffield in 1897. Son of John W DAWN and Mary Ann DAWN nee GRAYSON he can be traced throughout the census record living at 40 Amberley Street, Attercliffe as a lodger in 1901 and then at 94 Dunlop Street, Carbrook in 1911.

John would attest for service on the 4th September 1914, his service record shows us that he was living at 55 Uttley Street, Darnall, Sheffield and was employed as a steel worker.

He first entered a theatre of war in the Balkans with the 6th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment on the 13th September 1915. He also served with the Royal Defence Corps as Pte in the 164th Protection Company with service number 89773.

John, more affectionately called Jack, was wounded during the war and spent time in the military hospital in Sunderland recovering from his wounds. It was here he met his wife, Elizabeth and they would have 3 children Walter, Lilian and Vera. They would live at 9 Addison Street, Sunderland. Jack was discharged on the 16th March 1919 and returned to civilian life where he settled in Blyth, Northumberland. He worked as a shunter on the railways. We know he lived at 34 dale Street, Blyth.

He died in Morpeth, Northumberland in 1933 and is buried in Blyth.


April 2016, Jack’s medal reunited with his grandson Keith OLIVER – Chief Petty Officer Royal Navy retired.