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   Corporal Samuel J Dawson
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 14/01/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 34th Infantry Regiment, US Army (United States Army)
Died: 22/10/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 24
Samuel James Dawson was the son of John and Sarah Jane Dawson. Samuel was born in Bellaghy on 4th September 1893. The 1901 census lists Sam James as age 8 living with the family at house 2 in Bellaghy, County Londonderry. His father was a carpenter and latterly a farmer. Records from Ellis Island, New York, show that Samuel Dawson from Bellaghy arrived in New York on his own on 2nd May 1911. He was 17 years old. He was travelling on the Furnessia which had departed from Londonderry. Samuel Dawson enlisted in the U.S. Army in New York. Corporal Samuel J Dawson was serving with the 34th Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, when he died on 22nd October, 1918, only a fortnight before the end of the war.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: St Mihiel American Cemetery
  Thiaucourt, Meurthe-et-Moselle
Grave Ref: Grave D-24-27
CWGC Casualty -1
The World War I St. Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial in France, 40.5 acres in extent, contains the graves of 4,153 of our military dead. The majority of these died in the offensive that resulted in the reduction of the St. Mihiel salient that threatened Paris. The burial area is divided by Linden alignment trees and paths into four equal plots. At the center is a large sundial surmounted by an American eagle. To the west is a statue of a World War I soldier and at the eastern end is a semi-circular overlook dominated by a sculpture representing a victory vase.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 1 Castledawson
2 Bellaghy Presbyterian Church - WW1 Roll of Honour Bellaghy
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 23
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1 1901 Census lists Dawson family 1901 census lists Sam James as age 8 living with the family at house 2 in Bellaghy, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Dawson family 1911 census lists Samuel James as age 17 living with the family at house 96 in Bellaghy, Londonderry
3 American Battle Monuments Commission Details of where Corporal Samuel J Dawson is buried
4 Castledawson War Dead Details of Private Samuel Dawson
5 New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) Samuel Dawson. Bellaghy, listed at Ellis Island, New York
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2021