John Henry (Harry) Dawes (1894–1957)


London Regiment 880498 34th Batallion

Photos courtesy Michael Leafe

John Henry Dawes

John Henry Dawes - known as Harry - was born at Crich in 1894, the son of Robert Dawes and Elizabeth Cowlishaw. He became a school teacher. He was demobbed in 1919 and then took up duties as assistant master at Lea school. Moving to Nottingham in 1922, he was assistant master at several schools there.Whilst s teaching in Nottingham he married Essie Leafe of Crich in 1923. They don't appear to have had any children. Harry passed away at Nottingham on 23 March 1957, aged sixty-two years.

John Henry Dawes

John Henry Dawes

John Henry Dawes

Family photographs of John Henry and Essie Dawes

Teach registration for Harry Dawes

Medal Roll Card
Dawes John H; Private; 34 London R; 880498
He was awarded the Victory and British War medals

Newspaper reports

Derbyshire Courier, 1 Feb 1919
"Signaller Harry Dawes, of Church Farm, Crich, arrived on leave from France on Tuesday. He was over in July last year before proceeding to France.”

Derbyshire Courier, 8 February 1919
Signaller J.H. Dawes, 34th London Regiment, who has just returned to Crich from Belgium, found in a bedroom cupboard near Tournai a portion of an old French newspaper containing an account of an explosion caused by a dynamite cartridge which comehow got among the burning coal in a cottage fire at Flagg, near Bakewell, and injured three children.

Derbyshire Courier, 8 March 1919
Mr Harry Dawes, of Church Farm, Crich, began duties on Monday as assistant master at the Lea Council schools. He received his discharge from the Army last month. He was formerly on the staff of the Bonsall Endowed Schools


1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Robert Dawes Head 54 Linen & woollen draper Holloway
Elizabeth Dawes wife 43   Crich
Beatrice Dawes daughter 12   Crich
John H Dawes   6   Crich
Helen Dayhill servant 22 domestic Ashford

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1911: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Jackson Head 56 Baker Co. Derry Ireland
Ellen Jackson wife 46   Crich
Vera Annie Jackson daughter 18 pupil teacher Co. Derry Ireland
Elizabeth Dawes sister in law 52   Crich
Henry Dawes relative 16 student Crich
Percy Stanley Smith boarder 23 electrician Chesterfield

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1918 Voters List, Crich
Joseph Henry Dawes, Church Farm, absent on military service.

1939 Register: Stanley Road Nottingham
John H Dawes b.6 August 1894; Assistant schoolmaster
Essie Dawes b.12 November 1896