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William Robert Aufrère Dawson DSO*** (23 June 1891 – 3 December 1918) was a British Army officer[1] awarded the Distinguished Service Order four times during the First World War.[2] He was also four times mentioned in dispatches.

Educated at Bradford Grammar School and Oriel College, Oxford.

Commissioned in 1914, he became Commanding Officer of the 6th Bn Royal West Kent Regiment during the War.

He died in December 1918, less than a month after the Armistice with Germany, and was buried at Étaples Military Cemetery.[3]


  1. ‘DAWSON, Major (temp. Lt-Col) William Robert Aufrère’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 31 Dec 2013

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