Harold Brookes Dawson: The 22nd (7th City) Battalion, Manchester Regiment was raised in Manchester on the 21st of November 1914 by the Lord Mayor and City. They moved to Morecambe for training in January 1915 and in April joined 91st Brigade, 30th Division at Grantham. They moved to Larkhill, Salisbury Plain for final training in September 1915 and proceeded to France in early November, landing at Boulogne. On the 20th of December 1915 91st Brigade transferred to 7th Division. In 1916 They were in action during the Battles of the Somme, including the capture Mametz, The Battle of Bazentin, the attacks on High Wood, The Battle of Delville Wood, The Battle of Guillemont and the Operations on the Ancre. – See more at: http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/manchesterregiment22-gw.php#sthash.6KFfHhmK.dpuf
1896: born O/N/D qtr 1896 Wrexham, North Wales the son of Thomas & Clara Dawson.
1901 Census: Living at 5 Recreation Road Fairfield aged 5yrs old.
1911 Census: Living at 56 Cliff Road Fairfield, aged 15yrs living with parents Thomas a Bookbinder, Mother Clara, Elder sister Bertha 16yrs, younger sisters Elsie 11yrs & Edith just 5yrs old.
Occupation: Apprentice Cabinet Maker.
Report from The Buxton Advertiser researched 2014
Lance Corporal Harold B Dawson
Of the Manchester Pals who is reported missing from 2nd June last. Lance Corporal Dawson is the son of Mr & Mrs T Dawson of Cliff Road, Fairfield, and joined the colours in November 1914. Much sympathy is felt for Mr & Mrs Dawson and family in their trying ordeal, and it is the fervent wish of all that their son may still be found.