Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Sergeant Harry Dawkins, MM

Born on 12 October 1891 in Lakefield, Ontario - son of George Dawkins, Belleville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as fireman on railroad, single, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 7.5 inches, chest of 39 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, blue eyes, dark brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, on 26 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 June 1915 (number 410260) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 18 November 1916 - invalided to England on 8 December 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 28 May 1917 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal - no citation - unit recommendation dated 7 November 1917: "This N.C.O. took forward his machine gun grew to reinforce another Battn. after all his Officers and senior N.C.O.'s had become casualties. His conduct and example throughout the operation was of the highest order."

Awarded the Croix de Guerre (Belgium) - no citation - unit recommendation dated 16 December 1917: "For distinguished services rendered during the course of the campaign."

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