A Collection of Medals to the Durham Light Infantry and associated units

Date of Auction: 5th April 2006

Sold for £360

Estimate: £180 - £220

A civil M.B.E. group of five to Captain A. W. Dawson, Durham Light Infantry

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Civil) Member’s 1st type breast badge, silver, hallmarks for London 1935; 1914-15 Star (Capt., Durh. L.I.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt.); Special Constabulary Long Service, G.V.R., 2nd issue (Grp. Ldr. Arthur W. Dawson) good very fine (5) £180-220


O.B.E. London Gazette 23 June 1936.

Arthur William Dawson was born c.1883, the son of Arthur William Dawson, Organist and Choir Master of St. Pauls, Jarrow. Educated at Bede College and Hatfield College, Durham, he gained a B.A. and M.A. Commissioned a Temporary 2nd Lieutenant, 11th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, 12 September 1914; Temporary Lieutenant, 11 November 1914 and Temporary Captain 17 May 1915. He served in France/Flanders from 20 July 1915 to 2 September 1916 and 15 December 1916 to 11 September 1917, being wounded in September 1916 and again on 24 August 1917, on the latter date receiving a gun shot wound to the left arm. After recovering, Dawson was transferred to the 84th Battalion Training Reserve, 9 January 1918 - January 1919, with the rank of Acting Major from July 1918. He was demobilised in January 1919. Post war he was employed as a schoolmaster at the Central School, Jarrow and served as an officer in the Special Constabulary. Sold with copied research.