Martin Russell McDonald Dawson

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: 20.09.1914
  • Place of enlistment: Broadmeadows, Victoria
  • Service no: 511
  • Rank: Corporal
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  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry
  • Unit/Ship: 16th Battalion
  • Place of Death: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Age at Death:
  • Date of Death: 27.08.1915
  • Burial Country: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Cemetery: Lone Pine Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 51

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address:
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  • Mother:

    Annabella Martin McDonald Vass Dawson, “Taycliffe” Tayport

  • Father:

    David Russell Dawson, “Taycliffe” Tayport

  • Siblings:

    Mrs Eveline Russell Naylor, The Hermitage, Duffield, Derbyshire.

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about Martin Russell McDonald Dawson

Martin has no known grave but is remembered on the Lone Pine Memorial. For more information on Martin, visit Martin’s Service Record.

Martin Russell Dawson   511    Australian Expeditionary Force



Many in Dundee will learn with regret of the death of Sergeant Martin Russell Dawson, who was well known in business circles in the city.  He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 27th August.

Sergeant Dawson went through the South African War, being three times wounded, and had settled in Australia.  He enlisted again on the outbreak of the war, and early in May went to the Dardanelles with the Australian Expeditionary Force.  On May 25 he was erroneously reported killed, but a letter received from a soldier who was by his side when he fell leaves no room for doubt that he was killed in action on 27th August.  The writer says :–” Sergeant Dawson is sadly missed.  There was not a better soldier or braver man in our lines.”

Sergeant Dawson was thirty-seven years of age, and was the younger son of Mr D. R. Dawson, Taycliffe, Tayport.

Dundee Courier 15th October 1915

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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