Percy Laker Dawson


Sep 8, 1897

Born at Hamilton Ontario, Canada 

The 1901 Census shows his birth year as 1896, while the 1911 Census shows his birth year as 1898


May 3, 1917

Attested into the Signal Training Depot at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      Number 2265400

Ø      Next of kin given as Fanny Dawson (mother) of 76 Wentworth Street, South Hamilton Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      Previous military experience given as 13th Regiment, 10 months as a Pte

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Nov 24, 1917

Embarked the SS Megantic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Dec 7, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Dec 8, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the CETD (Canadian Engineers Training Depot) at Seaford


Dec 19, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the CETD on posting to the 7th Reserve Battalion


Feb 15, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Apr 11, 1918

SOS 6th Reserve Battalion on posting to PPCLI and proceeded to France


Apr 12, 1918

Arrived at 3rd CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the PPCLI


Apr 14, 1918

Left for CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Apr 15, 1918

Arrived at CCRC


Jun 5, 1918

SOS the PPCLI on posting to the 21st Battalion


Jun 6, 1918

TOS 21st Battalion


Jun 8, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The following is from the 21st Battalion War Diary:

 A draft of twenty Other Ranks arrived from the 3rd Divisional Wing, CCRC.  These Other Ranks had been despatched from England as reinforcements for Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.” 


Aug 6, 1918

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a septic foot


Aug 20, 1918

Discharged to duty and returned to unit


Oct 12, 1918

Wounded in left arm and chest by a shrapnel shell explosion and admitted to No 18 General Hospital, Camiers France


Oct 16, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


Admitted to the Fort Pitt Military Hospital at Chatham 

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Oct 28, 1918

Transferred to No 11 Canadian General Hospital at Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe 

Entrance wound of left arm has healed but the exit wound is septic and there is inflamed tissue in the surrounding area of arm


Nov 7, 1918

Note on chart “Healed”


Nov 12, 1918

Discharged from hospital and attached to the 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Witley for Physical Training


Nov 14, 1918

Ceases to be attached to 1st CCD on proceeding to 6th Reserve Battalion


Nov 28, 1918

Attached to 6th Reserve Battalion


Dec 6, 1918

Absent without leave


Dec 8, 1918

Returns from AWL at 2030 hours


Dec 9, 1918

Awarded 10 days FP #2 (Field Punishment #2) for being absent without leave, also forfeits 10 days pay


Dec 17, 1918

Ceases to be attached to 6th Reserve Battalion


Dec 18, 1918

Medical Board at Witley notes: 

Ø      Arthralgia (non inflammatory pain) of left arm

Ø      Has only done PT (Physical Training) since November 12, 1918, but even this causes pain in arm

Ø      States that he cannot do rifle drill

Ø      Has 30% loss of power in left arm

Ø      Expected duration of disability – 3 months


Jan 5, 1919

On Command to CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) Rhyl, Witley


Jan 18, 1919

SOS on proceeding to Canada, embarked the HMT Aquitania at Liverpool


TOS No 2 DD (District Depot), Toronto Ontario, and posted to the Casualty Company at the Exhibition Camp


Jan 24, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jan 29, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 12, 1919


Feb 14, 1919

Medical Board at the Exhibition Camp, Toronto notes: 

Ø      Scars present from shrapnel wounds to chest and left arm

Ø      Partial loss of function of kidneys, cause unknown

Ø      Partial loss of function, weakness and pain, of left arm

Ø      Discharge recommended, but with outpatient care from ISC


Feb 19, 1919

SOS No 2 DD on being discharged from the CEF 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 85112

Ø      Discharged as Medically Unfit to the SCR (Soldier’s Civil Re-establishment) for out-patient treatment

Ø      Proposed address on discharge 76 Wentworth Street, South Hamilton Ontario

Ø      153 days of WSG (War Service Gratuity) authorized


Dec 20, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 76 Wentworth Street, South Hamilton Ontario


Aug 21, 1982

Deceased at Hamilton Ontario 


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