Private - The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) - 5th Battalion - Service No. 6289689.
Eric Booth Dawson was born on 24th December 1917 in Dartford, Kent. His father was Tom Dawson, a carpenter, and his mother was Mary Ann (née Burgess). The first school that he attended was Bean School, Bean, Dartford.
In 1931 Eric Dawson joined The County School for Boys – now known as Gravesend Grammar School. The Head Master at that time was the Reverend Samuel Lister. The County School for Boys was located in Darnley Road, Gravesend close to the Railway Station. In 1938 the School moved to brand new premises in Church Walk, Milton, Gravesend opposite to Milton Church.
The School’s Admission Register lists Eric’s address as Annie Cottages, High Street, Bean. Whilst at the School, he was in Downs House.
In 1934 Eric left the School and started work as an Apprentice papermaker at the Dartford (Daily Telegraph) Paper Mills. In World War Two he enlisted in The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) as a Private in the 5th Battalion, Service Number 6289689.
Eric Dawson was killed in action on the 9th Aptil 1943 at the Battle for Medjez-El-Bab, near Tunis during the Tunisia Campaign, he was 25 years old. He is remembered at the Medjez-El-Bab War Memorial, Tunisia. 18. C. 1.
Eric Dawson was in the same Form as Ernest Wakefield, who was also killed in action in World War Two.
There are links below to Newspaper Clippings and Photographs from the Gravesend Grammar School Archives.
Below are links to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and a few other websites that might be of interest: