DAWBER, HARRY WILSON 17572 L/Cpl 9th Battalion 27th Brigade 9th Division


Born Leyland Enlisted Preston Living Leyland Killed in Action France / Flanders 3rd May 1917

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 31.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 28th July 1917

Mr John Dawber, Church Road, Leyland has received information of the death in action on May 3rd of his son L/Cpl H. Wilson Dawber, Scottish Rifles. He was 28 years of age (actually 20) and joined up in December 1915 being drafted to France June 1916. He worked as a clerk at Leyland Bleachworks (his photo appears in the ‘Guardian’ of 4th August).

Preston Guardian Sat 28th July 1917

An almost identical report to that in the Chorley Guardian above, also with photograph.

H. Wilson Dawber’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Andrew’s, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no known grave, H. W. Dawber’s name is on the:-


His name appears on Bay 6. Son of John and Alice Dawber, 41 Balcarres Road, Leyland. Age 20. The Arras Memorial is in the western part of the town of Arras near to the Citadel.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine November 1896

Bapt: 25th October 1896 Harry Wilson son of John and Elizabeth Dawber. Born 27th Sept. 1896.

Chorley Parliamentary Division. Register of Electors – Leyland 1918.

St Andrew’s Ward Div. I No. 2 Park View, Church Road, John Dawber

From Capt. E. A. James’s ‘Record’ The 9th Division was engaged in the 3rd Battle of the Scarpe 3rd to 4th May, 1917: this was a part of the Battles of Arras 9th April to 4th May 1917. This must be where Harry Wilson Dawber lost his life. The 9th Division was in XVII Corps Third Army.

Note:- No. 2 Park View, Church Road became No. 31 Church Road after the re-numbering of Leyland in 1936-9. This row of seven houses were demolished in the early 1980s.

Dawber, Harry Wilson. WE Waring 2003