Matthew Dawson

Sunday’s Obituary – Jane Dawson (nee Hargreaves) 1855-1922

Jane Hargreaves was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire about 1855.

Sometime in the September quarter of 1877 Jane married my great grand uncle Isaac Dawson in Keighley, West Yorkshire. Isaac’s parents are John Dawson and Ellen Gawthrop – my 2x great grandparents.

For much of their married life Isaac and Jane lived at Steeton with Eastburn, near Keighley. They had six children but three died young – only Matthew, Annie and Maggie lived until adulthood.

By the time of the 1911 census Isaac, Jane and Annie had moved to Morecambe, Lancashire. Isaac was employed as a “Company housekeeper”.

Jane passed away on 17 February 1922. The Morecambe Guardian published the following obituary (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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THE LATE MRS JANE DAWSON

On Tuesday afternoon the Rev. F Etherton Blake conducted the funeral service of the late Mrs Dawson, 39 Clarendon Road, in the Parliament Street Church, W.E. The Dawson family, some ten years ago, came from their Yorkshire home at Eastburn to Morecambe. They have life-long associations with Primitive Methodism, and to that extent the Church suffers the loss of a valuable devotee. Since Christmas Mrs Dawson has suffered acutely, and ever since been under the shadow of death. On February 17th she passed away at the age of 67 years and leaves a sorrowing husband, bereft son and two mourning daughters.

Military Monday – William Dawson (1880-1939)

William Dawson is my great grandfather’s cousin. Our common ancestors are my 4x great grandparents John Dawson and Ann Watson.  He was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire on 9 October 1880 to parents Matthew Dawson and Ann Brigg.

William married Lucilla Whitaker on 29 February 1912. They had two children

• Matthew – born 19 September 1912

• Mary – born 9 March 1914

On 28 May 1918 William enlisted in Halifax at the age of 37 years 213 days. He was assigned to the 6th West Riding Regiment. At the time of his enlistment he was working as a ‘warp dresser’. His service number was 52089.

According to his service papers on www.ancestry.co.uk William left for France on 12 October 1918. He returned to England less than six weeks later on 20 November 1918 having received ‘gun shot wounds’ to both his thighs.

William was finally discharged on 6 May 1919 under King’s Regulation 392 (xvi) being no longer physically fit for war service.

The extract below indicates the degree of William’s disablement – and I think it says 38%. There are also some details of his pension and it looks like he was awarded £0.8s.3d per week from 7 May 1919 to be reviewed after 52 weeks. Also an allowance of £0.3s.6d per week for his two children from 26 May 1919.

William died about twenty years later – his death is registered in Q3 of 1939.

On this day…..4th March

1846   Matthew Dawson was born – to parents John Dawson (1812-1888) and    Elizabeth Dawson (nee Benson) (1813-1882).  Matthew is my 1st cousing 4x removed.

1888   Joseph Ainsworth Stowell Musgrove was born to parents Thomas Musgrove (1860-1928) and Ellen Musgrove (nee Stowell) (1861-1933).  Joseph is my grand uncle.