8924 Sapper William Seymour Dawson, Royal Engineers

He is not the man on the MIC who died in France also insane on 27 Jul 1916

1887 Apr 26. Born Castleknock, Dublin. William Seymour Dawson, son of William Seymour Dawson and his wife Elizabeth Woolmington Dawson. His father's occupation was given as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers

1911 census. He is a "carpenter" in RE. Royal Engineers, Tempe, Orange Free State, South Africa. Sapper 54th Company Royal Engineers Aged 23.

1914 Aug 20. He landed in France with 2nd Brigade. The date indicates that he was already a regular or reservist in the RE. He is single and born Dublin.

1915 Nov 20.. Footballers Who Have Answered the Great Call. Chapelizod F.C. Roll of Honour. Chapelizod’s roll of honour is one of which any club might be proud, for there are about 150 men from Chapelizod now serving with the colours, the majority of them old members and strong supporters of the club. 20 have been killed and over 40 wounded…. Private G Dawson, 8th Hussars (brother to Sapper Dawson), transferred to 18th Royal Irish Regiment. Was wounded and is now in hospital at Nelson, Lancashire.

1916 Jul 24 . William Seymour Dawson, service no 8924 in RE discharged insane. The medal roll shows him as being discharged on 27.7.16. A soldiers effect entry would be created for a man discharged as insane - that would also tally with the first entry in the effects noting the payment to himself. 

1920 Nov 4. died aged 33. Death cert gives ex-soldier. Died Insane. General paresis, also known as general paralysis of the insane (GPI) or paralytic dementia, is a severe neuropsychiatric disorder, classified as an organic mental disorder and caused by the chronic meningoencephalitis that leads to cerebral atrophy in late-stage syphilis.

Buried at Chapelizod Church of Ireland, Dublin. FindaGrave where John O'Grady has this photo.. He is on CWGC , Sapper DAWSON, W S Service Number 8924 Died 04/11/1920 Aged 33 Royal Engineers


British soldiers died in Ireland