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Corp James Lennox Dawson
Birth: Dec. 25, 1891
Death: Feb. 15, 1967

World War I Victoria Cross recipient. He was a young 23 year old corporal in the 187th Company, Corps of Royal Engineers, British Army during Word War I. On October 13, 1915 the enemy ambushed his unit in a surprise gas attack. With the trenches full of men, he fearlessly exposed himself to enemy fire in order to give directions to his sappers and to clear the infantry out of sections of the trench which were full of gas. Still under heavy artillery fire, he found three leaking cylinders, rolled them well away from the trench then fired rifle bullets into them allowing the gas to escape. This quick-thinking action saved many men from being gassed to death. For his act of bravery he was given the Victoria Cross, which is the highest and most prestigious award that can be given to a British soldier. Today, his Victoria Cross is on display at the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Museum in Scotland. (bio by: Whispers From The Grave) 
 
Note: Corp James Lennox Dawson VC was cremated here at Eastbourne Crematorium on 22.02.1967 and his ashes were strewn in the Garden of Remembrance in Area AL4 on 15.05.67.
 
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Eastbourne Crematorum
Eastbourne
Eastbourne Borough
East Sussex, England
Plot: Garden of Remembrance in Area AL4
 
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Record added: Jan 15, 2005
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