Dawes, Frank Philip

Frank Philip Dawes was born on 16th August 1921, the son of Brigadier Hugh Frank Dawes, DSO., MC., of Mattingley, Hampshire, and came to Sergeant’s in September 1934 from Hawtreys.   He was a fine player of Winchester Football and was in Commoner VI in 1938 and 1939.  He was also in 2nd XI Association football. He was a good shot and for two years was team leader to the Country Life VIII.   In September 1939 he was made a school prefect and Head of his House, as well as Company Sergeant Major in the Corps.  He would normally have left for Sandhurst at the end of that term, but as the Military College was closed, and he was too young to get into the Army under the regulations of the day, he stayed at Winchester until July 1940.

He was one of the cadet CSMs who helped in the earliest days of the Home Guard by drilling squads of men, often old enough to be his father.

As soon as he was able he enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers, his father’s old Regiment, and after service in the ranks was gazetted in March 1941, joining the 2nd Battalion.   He went out with this Battalion as temporary Captain, landing in Algiers in March 1943.  During this campaign he was employed as Brigade Liaison Officer.  In March of 1944 he was back with his own Battalion in Italy.  After being continuously in action near Cassino, he was killed by a chance salvo of mortar shells on the night of 10th April 1944, while supervising the withdrawal of his machine guns during the relief of the Battalion.    He lies in grave XIV.E.1 of the Cassino War Cemetery.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Dawes
  • Forenames or initials: Frank Philip
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1934-1940
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
  • Date of Birth: 16th August 1921
  • Date of Death: 10th April 1944
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner A2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Cassino War Cemetery: Grave XIV.E.1