John Dawson is my 1st Cousin 2x removed – in other words he is my granddad’s cousin. He was born about 1890. His parents were John Dawson and Elizabeth Bradley. He is the brother of Prince Dawson who I wrote about last September.
I found John’s army service records on www.ancestry.co.uk so I know that he enlisted on 11 May 1908 and was posted to the 6th Brigade West Riding Regiment. His service number is 699.
The ‘Medical Inspection report’ was completed in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on the day he enlisted. This shows that John was quite short – only 5 feet 3 inches. His vision is described as ‘good’ and his physical development as ‘fair’. Nevertheless the Medical Officer, Sergeant Major Will Gabriel considered John to be ‘fit’ for the Territorial Force.
It looks like John signed up for four years. The ‘Statement of Service’ shows it would run from from 11 May 1908 to 10 May 1912.
He was assigned to Keighley for his preliminary training. Over the next three years he had annual training in
Redcar from 25 July 1908 to 1 August 1908
Marske from 25 July 1909 to 8 August 1909
Peel (Isle of Man) from 31 July 1910 to 7 August 1910
Ripon from 30 July 1911 to 6 August 1911
Then on 10 May 1912 he was discharged in consequence of the ‘termination of engagement’.