1914/15 trio & Memorial Plaque, (Walter Henry Mountford Westropp Dawson)
2nd Lieut. (on all medals) W.H.M.W. Dawon, Cheshire Regiment (2nd Battn.)
Killed in action France & Flanders, 25/5/1915. No known grave and commemnorated on the Ypres Memorial
With brothers pair, B.W.M. Vicrory, Pte. R.G.W. Dawson, A.S.C. (RX4 prefix denoting served with remounts). Born. Kilrush, Wexford, 1895, died Bude, Cornwall, 1972 buried St. Olaf churchyard
Sons of F. Westropp-Dawson of Fronbeg, Holyhead.
On 25th May at Bellewaerde, the 2nd Cheshires along with the 2nd Northumberland Fus. were ordered forward. Battalions of the 84th were still weak after casualties at Frenzenberg Ridge , 22 April, 1915. The Cheshire were still under the command of a Captain and most of the officers were new and the other ranks raw and according to the battalion diary ‘completely exhausted’. Lieut. dawson himself had joinerd the battaliuon only five days previously.. Cohesion was soon lost and but a few got within 200 yards of the German position and dug in and hung on until the night of 25th/26th. with the Northumberlands recorded as ‘completely wiped out’. When relieved the Cheshires recorded 6 officers killed, 9 wounded inc. the C.O. and 279 men killed and wounded.
The Westropp-Dawsons, were additionally a landowning family in Ireland. In 1908 were residing at their estate Ballaman, Tombrack, Wexford and included his brother Robert Gray Westropp-Dawson (as above) . The house is described as 18 rooms plus 5 servants.
W.H.M.W Dawson is also commemorated on the grave of his sister Laura Francis W-D, at St. Seriol’s Graveyard, Holyhead, died 31/1/1919 aged 25.
Frondbeg still stands, later the home of Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos, and is now the Prince of Wales public house