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Charles Lynleigh Dawes

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel Davis, H. - Dawson, J. (CC BY John Halpin 2010)

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel Davis, H. - Dawson, J. (CC BY John …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles Lynleigh AWMM
  • Surname
    Dawes AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 13/897 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
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  • Waka
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 July 1889 Noel Smith and Lyn Griffiths research
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Forest Lodge, Mount Eden Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Thomas Dawes (father), Forest Lodge, Mount Eden Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 17 April 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 13/897 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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    WW1 Unknown AWMM AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • Son of Thomas and Louisa Dawes, of 5, King's View Rd., Mount Eden, Auckland.

    Charles Lynleigh Dawes embarked with the fourth draft of the Auckland Mounted Rifles which left for Seuz on 17 April 1915, arriving on 25 May 1915. Following training in Suez, the unit went on to Gallipoli.

    Within weeks of arriving at Gallipoli, Dawes was killed in action. Dawes was part of the attacks launched on Hill 60 in August. This month has been described as:

    "the month that was to see the Auckland Mounted Rifles and all other regiments of the attacking force from ANZAC cut down to mere handfuls of sick and exhausted men; the month of fate that was to see all the sacrifice of lives, all the imperishable valour, all the striving of naked quivering souls, reap nothing but fame" (C. G. Nicol, "The Story of Two Campaigns. Official War History of the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment", page 60).

    Dawes was part of the second assault on Hill 60, which started at 5pm, 27 August 1915. By this time, there were only 1100 men available for this attack. It was one last forlorn hope.

    Dawes was reported missing on 28 August 1915. On Saturday, 11 December 1915, his identity disk was handed into the Auckland Mounted Rifles orderly room by a man who stated he removed it from a decayed body on Hill 60. Dawes had been killed on 28 August, 3 months previously ("Bloody Gallipoli: The New Zealanders' Story" p 224). AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 August 1915 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Memorial name
    • Hill 60 (New Zealand) Memorial, Hill 60 Cemetery, Turkey AWMM
    • Ponsonby Baptist Church, 43 Jervois Road, Ponsonby Auckland 1011 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Stowers, R. (2005). Bloody Gallipoli: the New Zealanders' story. Auckland, N.Z.: David Bateman. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 180 AWMM
    • Nicol, C.G. (1921). The story of two campaigns: Official war history of the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment 1914-1919. Auckland, N.Z.: Wilson & Horton. AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2005). Bloody Gallipoli: the New Zealanders' story. Auckland, N.Z.: David Bateman. AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith and Lyn Griffiths (2021). AWMM

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