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Cecil Melbourne Dawson

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  • Service number
    80616 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Trooper AWMM
    20 Armoured Regiment AWMM
  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Cecil Melbourne AWMM
  • Surname
    Dawson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    80616 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    7 August 1916 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Nelson, Tasman, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW2 Storeman AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown 68 Palmerston Street, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. Dawson (mother), 68 Palmerston Street, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 01 Apr 1943-30 Jun 1943 Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    80616 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Trooper AWMM
    4th New Zealand Armoured Brigade AWMM
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Trooper AWMM
    20 Armoured Regiment AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Cecil Dawson was the son of James Dawson and Mary Dawson (nee Eltringham), Nelson, New Zealand.

    Extract from 20 Armoured Regimental History, p. 358:

    'On 29 December 5 Troop was to be relieved by the reserve troop. While moving up to the Fontegrande ridge from the Orsogna road the leading tank slid off the tract while trying to avoid a dead mule. The next tank blew up on what the engineers later believed to have been a triple Teller mine on a ratchet. The belly was blown out of the tank, the turret lifted, and the gun jammed over the driver's hatch. The turret was immovable, the tank on fire. Two of the turret crew were wounded and the driver, Trooper Carmichael, and spare driver, Trooper Dawson, were both killed.' AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    27 AWMM
  • Date of death
    29 December 1943 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Italy AWMM
  • Death notes
    Italy AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy AWMM
  • Grave reference
    XVI.C.40 AWMM
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Sources

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    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    WW2 11: WW2 33 AWMM