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Frederick Horace DADSON

Regimental number1142
Date of birth1 November 1879
Place of birthLondon, England
SchoolDulwich College, England
Age on arrival in Australia32
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height6' 0"
Weight202 lbs
Next of kinBrother, A.J. Dadson, Indent Merchant, 9 Hamilton Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNatal Mounted Police (6 years 328 days; discharged at own requst 20 May 1907); Natal Volunteer Rangers (4.5 months)
Enlistment date17 September 1914
Place of enlistmentColeraine, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name14th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF14
Promotion date: 27 May 1915

Temporary LT

Unit: INF14
Promotion date: 19 August 1915

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Fought in the Boer War. Landed in Gallipoli. Wounded there. Otherwise a wanderer.' (details from elder brother)
FateKilled in Action 11 April 1917
Place of death or woundingBullecourt, France
Age at death from cemetery records37
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur James DADSON and Jessie NIXON. Born in London, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 12 April 1915.

Promoted Second Lieutenant, 27 May 1915.

Evacuated to hospital, 3 July 1915; admitted to HS 'Neuralia', Dardanelles, 6 July 1915 (influenza); transferred to No 1 General Hospital, Heliopolis, 9 July 1915.

Embarked for Dardanelles, 3 August 1915; rejoined 14th Bn, Dardanelles, 19 August 1915.

Promoted Temporary Lieutenant, 19 Augugst 1915.

Wounded in action, 22 August 1915, and reverts to the rank of Second Lieutenant on evacuation; embarked on HS 'Franconia', ex-Mudros, 24 August 1915; admitted to No 2 General Hospital, London, England, 10 September 1915 (septic leg).

Transferred from Abbey Wood to Monte Video, 9 May 1916.

Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 28 June 1916.

Promoted Lieutenant, 1 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 January 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 13 January 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 22 January 1917; rejoined 14th Bn, in the field, 25 January 1917.

Admitted to No 13 Field Ambulance, 7 March 1917 (gonorrhoea); transferred to No 2 British Red Cross Hospital, Rouen, 10 March 1917; to No 39 General Hospital, Le Havre, 10 March 1917; discharged, 31 March 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, 3 April 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 4 April 1917; rejoined 14th Bn, 6 April 1917.

Killed in action, 11 April 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DADSON Frederick Horace

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