From Hoole History and Heritage Society

DAWSON, Sydney James

Regiment: 1st/4th Bn. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Rank: Private

Number: 31490

Died: 26 March 1918

Aged: 19

Buried/ Memorial: Arras Memorial, France

Address: 37 Faulkner Street, Hoole

Cheshire Observer 6 April 1918

We regret to state that Private Sydney Dawson, only son of Mr and Mrs Dawson, Faulkner Street Hoole is reported missing. News of his whereabouts is anxiously awaited by his parents.”

Chester Chronicle 13 April 1918


We regret to hear that Pte. Syd. Dawson, Shropshire Light Infantry, only son of Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Dawson, Faulkner Street, Hoole, is reported missing. Mr Dawson has received an intimation to this effect from his son’s regiment. Dawson joined the army in June and is 19 years of age. He is an All Saints old school boy. Sympathy will be extended to his parents in their anxiety.

The 1911 Census shows Sydney as a 12-year-old schoolboy at home with his parents at 37 Faulkner Street where his father, Edmund is running a newsagent & tobacconists with mother Emily assisting in the business.