DAWBER, WILLIAM 116809 Driver 65th Small Arms Ammunition Column


Born Chorley Enlisted Leyland Living Leyland

Died Salonika 15th August 1915

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 2.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 2nd September 1916

Mr T. Dawber, Turpin Green Lane, has received official intimation of the death of his son Pte W. Dawber, R.F.A., from an attack of fever at Salonika.

He was 23 years of age and worked at Messrs A. Berry’s Brook Mill. He was connected with Leyland Parish Church.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine September 1916

‘For King And Country’

The past month has brought heavy hearts to many homes in Leyland – there followed the obituaries of five men including :-

William Dawber, Royal Field Artillery, died in hospital in Salonika on August 15th, 1916. He had been a choir boy in the Parish Church, and was also a member of the Church Lads Brigade.

A Memorial Service was held for the five men on Thursday, August 31st .

William Dawber’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland Mural Plaque in St. Andrew’s, Leyland St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

William Dawber is buried in the:-


Grave 313. Son of Thomas and Barbara Ince Dawber. Salonika is a town at the head of the Gulf of Salonika. The cemetery is on the outskirts of Salonika, adjoining the Roman Catholic French and Italian Cemeteries. It lies on the west side of the road to Seres.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine April 1893

Baptised: 26 March 1893 William son of Thomas and Barbara Ince Dawber.

Lancashire Daily Post Wednesday August 15th, 1917

“In Memoriam”

DAWBER – In loving memory of Driver William Dawber, R.F.A., who died at Salonika, August15th, 1916.

“One year today has passed away Since our great sorrow fell; But in our hearts we mourn the loss of one we loved so well.”

From – Father, Mother, Sisters, Brothers and Brothers in France.

“ Though dead his name is precious still And none his vacant place can fill; One of the best that God can lend, A loving brother and a faithful friend.”

From – His loving sister Annie and brother-in-law in Salonika.

Dawber, William. WE Waring 2003