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Full Name: Cecil Melbourne Dawson
Rank Last Held: Trooper
Forename(s): Cecil Melbourne
Surname: Dawson
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 80616
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 7 August 1916
Place of Birth: Nelson, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Trooper
Occupation before Enlistment: Storeman
Next of Kin: Mrs M. Dawson (mother), 68 Palmerston Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: 68 Palmerston Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
Military District: Hamilton
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: 4 Armoured Brigade
Embarkation Date: 1 April 1943 - 30 June 1943
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 11
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 33
Campaigns: Italy
Last Unit Served: 20 Armoured Regiment
Place of Death: Italy
Date of Death: 29 December 1943
Age at Death: 27
Year of Death: 1943
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference: XVI.C.40
Biographical Notes:
  • Cecil Dawson was the son of James Dawson and Mary Dawson (nee Eltringham), Nelson, New Zealand.
  • Extract from 20 Armoured Regimental History, p. 358: 'On 29 December 5 Troop was to be relieved by the reserve troop. While moving up to the Fontegrande ridge from the Orsogna road the leading tank slid off the tract while trying to avoid a dead mule. The next tank blew up on what the engineers later believed to have been a triple Teller mine on a ratchet. The belly was blown out of the tank, the turret lifted, and the gun jammed over the driver's hatch. The turret was immovable, the tank on fire. Two of the turret crew were wounded and the driver, Trooper Carmichael, and spare driver, Trooper Dawson, were both killed.'
Description of Image: Portrait, Weekly News
Sources Used:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • Pringle, D., Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy URL:
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