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Dawes, A.E., Private, 1914-18 (1938)
Pamela Siegel private Collection.

Prisoner of War capture form

National Archives

Medal Card showing 14 Star

Arthur Ernest Dawes, was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, moving to South Shields c1885. His parents were Charles Seapy Dawes and Eleanor Shafto.

He joined the Army before 1911 as Private 9345 in the 2nd Border Regiment. On the 5th September 1914, he was moved to Lyndhurst and attached to the 20th Brigade in the 7th Division. They landed at Zeebrugge, 6th October 1914. He was captured on the 26th October 1914 and was a Prisoner of War for the duration. He was sent to detention camps -Münster I, Dülmen then Münster III, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He was repatriated on the 2nd December 1918, arriving at Hull on the S.S. Stockport.

In June 1919, he married Annie Scott.

He died in 1938, aged 48. He is buried in Harton Cemetery in a unmarked public grave.*

The family legend says that "Arthur spent the entire war in salt mines in Germany, and that he was brought home wrapped in a bale of cotton". From this we assume that Arthur had injuries heavily padded to protect them on his voyage home.

He was awarded campaign medals 'Pip' (or Mons Star), 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'

Thanks to The National Archives W0/95/1655 & W0/95/1656.

Arthur had a brother Percival Charles Dawes who also fell.

Information supplied by Pamela Siegel (nee Stobbs).

ICRC Records

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk