6283008 Lance Sergeant

 

Sydney John Dawton.

 

14 Bomb Disposal Company.

 

Royal Engineers

Photo taken by Margaret Wooldridge.

 

Son of Ooger and Betty Dawton: Husband of Madge Dawton of Hyde Park, Leeds.

 

Died on the 3rd August 1944. Aged 36.

 

Buried at Redcar Cemetery.

Plot R Row 1 Grave 5.

Incident details.

 

On the 3rd August 1944 Lieutenant R. Stewart and Lance Sergeant S.J. Dawton were engaged in mine clearance operations at Redcar.

 

A stray dog ran into the minefield and detonated a mine. Normally the dog’s weight would not have been enough to detonate the mine, however over a period of time the internal workings had become rusted and weakened.

 

This one mine set of a chain reaction, about half of the mines in the field detonated. Lieutenant H. Beckingham recovered the bodies.

Details extracted from Bomb Disposal British Casualties WWII. Chris Ranstead.