A Great War Defence of Vimy Ridge May 1916 Military Medal winner’s 1914-1915 trio awarded to Private sometime Sergeant W. Dawson, 6th Service Battalion, South Wales Borderers, who was present out on the Western Front from 24th September 1915, and ...

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    A Great War Defence of Vimy Ridge May 1916 Military Medal winner’s 1914-1915 trio awarded to Private sometime Sergeant W. Dawson, 6th Service Battalion, South Wales Borderers, who was present out on the Western Front from 24th September 1915, and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 10th August 1916, research indicating that his award was in fact earned for an action on 15th May 1916 in the defence of the Crosbie Craters near Berthonal. May 1916 saw the battalion take part in its first action in the defence of Vimy Ridge. Dawson was subsequently wounded in action and admitted on 23rd January 1918 to the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station on 23rd January 1918, he having suffered a gunshot wound which amputated his right leg.

    Group of 3: 1914-1915 Star; (17229 CPL W. DAWSON. S.WALES.BORD:); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (17229 PTE. W. DAWSON. S.WALES BORD.)

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    William Dawson enlisted into the British Army on 1st September 1914, and saw service during the Great War initially as a Corporal but was later demoted to Private (No.17229) with the 6th Service Battalion, South Wales Borderers, and was present out on the Western Front from 24th September 1915.

    It was however whilst Dawson was serving as a Sergeant that Dawson was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 10th August 1916, research indicating that his award was in fact earned for an action on 15th May 1916. May 1916 saw the battalion take part in its first action in the defence of Vimy Ridge, and his award would have been earned in the defence of the Crosbie Craters near Berthonal.

    Dawson was subsequently admitted to the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station on 23rd January 1918 having suffered a gunshot wound which amputated his right leg. Dawson was subsequently discharged on 21st March 1919 and was awarded the Silver War Badge