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William Dobson

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William AWMM
  • Surname
    Dobson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 8/1185 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 50 Daniel Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Mary Dobson (wife), 50 Daniel Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 8/1185 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM AWMM
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of John Hardie Dobson and Katherine Dobson, of Galashiels, Scotland; husband of Mary Dobson, of 50, Daniell St., South Wellington, New Zealand.

    Private Dobson was reported as Missing in Action 2-24 May 1915. He was killed on Dead Man's Ridge (Pope's Hill) in an attack on Baby 700. AWMM

Death

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  • Death
    2 May 1915 AWMM
    Age 52 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey AWMM Special Memorial A. 43. AWMM
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  • Obituary
    "News has been received of the death of Private William Dobson, Daniel Street, Wellington. Private Dobson joined the Main Expeditionary Force in Egypt, and was present in the earlier fighting in Gallipoli. In June Mrs. Dobson was advised that her husband was missing. Last week she received a letter from a member of the machinegun section of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, who wrote:—"During out last spell in the trenches we came across several bodies lying in such an exposed position that previously it had been impossible to bury them safely. Among them we found your husband, and I am sure you will be pleased to hear that we buried him with due reverence and respect. In his pocket we found a hymn hook, which I am returning to you."
    The hymn book was presented by Mrs. Dobson to her husband, and it was from that book the English soldier obtained her address. " Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 18 October 2015 - Paperspast portal via National Library of New Zealand website; Dominion, Volume 9, Issue 2619, 15 November 1915, Page 6; http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=DOM19151115.2.33&srpos=2&e=-------10--1----0dobson+daniel+street--
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Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 191 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM

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18 October 2015SarndraAuckland, New ZealandResearcher
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