Sefton Forward Moves On To A Higher Place
John Richard Pexton Dawson
Written and researched by David
with the kind help and documents supplied by World War 2 historians
Born around 1910 in Grimsby Jack
Dawson probably came to Liverpool with his job in the concrete industry.
He played for Sefton in the early 1930's and judging by the photographs
he looked a big, strong and capable forward.
By 1932 a lot of building work was completed in the city (Royal Liver
Building and the crypt at the RC Cathedral) so his contract probably
finished and he returned to Hull. Once home he swapped his allegiance
to Rugby League and
accepted a contract with Hull FC where he had a very successful career.
He led a very active role in the Hessle Church and Scouting Movement,
often giving the reading at the Young Men's Association.
As a side track, the Hull FC players organised baseball matches against
local congregations, Jack being a frequent home runner.
At International, County and Club level his record is pretty impressive.
The Last Tackle
the outbreak of the Second World War Jack volunteered for
RAF aircrew and achieved the rank of Flight Sergeant as
a Navigator Observer.
On the 23rd of June 1943 he joined his young pilot on a training
mission in a rare bird over the skies of Worcestershire, a B25 Mitchell
The B25 Mitchell FL213 of 98
The 20 year old pilot William MacDuff Brettell, on leave
three days before at his cousin’s house in Eastham, could not
resist the urge to a few low passes of the cherry orchard near the home.
With only a few hours of 'on type' flying he misjudged one of them and
struck the tall chimneys on the house, an engine was torn out and he
lost control. The aircraft came down killing them both.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
2017 The Commonwealth War Graves
Sergeant Jack Dawson
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