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Express & Star, 22 December 1914

Express & Star, 22 December 1914

This article has been prepared by volunteer, Ann Eales.

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On Tuesday 25th March 2014, the Wolverhampton WW1 Blog mentioned that volunteers had scoured the local newspapers, in particular the Express and Star for mention of First World War stories are relevant to Wolverhampton. Many of the articles discovered were duly uploaded to the WAVE Flickr page. George Albert Dawes is among the photographed men featured from August to December 1914, see copy shown here. The article explains that he died in Hospital from enteric fever.

We have now found more about him, following further research. The Commonwealth War Grave Commission website has the following information:

Rank: Private

Service No: 10645

Date of Death: 19/12/1914

Age: 23

Regiment/Service: Coldstream Guards

3rd Bn.

Grave Reference: III. B. 65.Cemetery: BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY

Additional Information: Son of William and Sarah Ann Dawes, of 37, Lower Walsall St, Wolverhampton.

The only Military record for him that we can trace is his medal card.

birthGeorge’s birth was recorded at Wolverhampton in the 3rd quarter of 1891. His baptism was solemnised in the year 1891 at St Mark’s Church Wolverhampton, as recorded on Page 244 of the Baptisms Register. He was baptised by the Curate on August 6th 1891, parents William and Sarah Ann Baker were living at 58 Salop Street, and his father was recorded as a Locksmith.

At the time of the 1901 census the family was living at 26 High Street, Moseley, Heath Town, Wolverhampton. Father, William, Locksmith was age 48. The oldest children, Joseph, age 20, working as a Blacksmith’s striker, and Eva, age 12 were both born in Willenhall like their father: George and the 2 youngest children, Alfred, age 7 and Caroline, age 3, were born in Wolverhampton, like their mother Sarah, age 46.

On the 1911 census, they were shown living at 37 Lower Walsall Street. George was working as a Printing Ink Mixer at a Varnish Manufacturers, also at home are Frank (Alfred on the 1901 census) age 17 working as a Keg Cleaner also at a Varnish Manufacturers and Gladys (Caroline on the 1901 census) age 13 who is at school.