Service Number



Died in Liverpool Camp



According to newspaper reports of the day, Henry Dawson was 29 years old when he died on 11 January 1915 of heat stroke and heart disease. He had been in training at Liverpool Camp for only a short while when he became ill and died at Liverpool Hospital of heat stroke and heart disease. Henry was given a military funeral and buried in the Liverpool Cemetery. He is commemorated on the Tooraweenah War Memorial, the Gilgandra & District Honor Roll and the Methodist Church Commemorative Plaque Henry was born to Henry and Jane Dawson in 1886, the eldest of three sons, Henry, John and Percy. His mother died at Tooraweenah in 1912 and his father on 31 January 1927 and is buried in the Gilgandra Cemetery. Percy Dawson was born 1893 and died in 1907, aged 14. John Dawson was born in 1888 and served as Corporal John Dawson 2466, in Egypt and Palestine with the 1st Light Horse and the Imperial Camel Corps. He returned to Australia in July 1919.


Newspaper reports

Dubbo Liberal Fri August 20, 1915


The pathetic story of the death of

the late Henry Dawson is still fresh in

the minds of the people of Tooraweenah.

The deceased soldier was a man of high

integrity, and accordingly was held in

the highest respect by all. To per-

petuate his memory the pupils of the

Tooraweenah Public School recently

erected a brass tablet in the local

church worded as follows:-“Pro Pat-

ria-In memory of Private Henry Daw-

son, aged 28, who died at Liverpool

Camp on January 11th, 1915, while

training for active service.-A Christian

Soldier.” The tablet was draped with

the Union Jack, and at the unveiling

ceremony the teacher. Mr. W. H.

Young, gave a short address, pointing

out that although their friend had not

died in the trenches, he was none the

less a hero. His name was on the roll

of honor, inasmuch as he had given his

life for his country. No man could

give more. 




NSW Birth Deaths and Marriages

Betty Bartley’s ‘History of Gilgandra Methodism’

AIF Database

National Archives of Australia; John Dawson’s service record

                        Email sent to NAA as Henry Dawson’s service record not found


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