Gregory Dawkins

Date of birth: 1886
Place of birth: Millbrook, Southampton
Regiment: Dorsetshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 7052
Died: 7th October 1914, aged 28 years
Buried: Brown’s Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, France (Plot VIII, Row J, Grave 13)


Gregory was the tenth of 12 siblings born to Thomas Robert and Elizabeth Jane B. Dawkins (nee Staker), who married in Millbrook on 4 September 1871.

Thomas was born in Millbrook in 1852 and he died in the city in 1919. Elizabeth was born in the same year, in Totton, and she passed away in the city in 1923.


The family lived at 12 Testwood Road in Millbrook.



Florence Ann Elizabeth   b. 1872 Millbrook   d. 1904 Portsmouth   Married George James Pope in Millbrook in 1896.

Clara   b. 1874 Millbrook   d. 1951 Grimsby   Married Charles Handicott in Millbrook in 1895.

Frances Eliza   b. 1875 Millbrook   d. 1876 Millbrook

William Thomas   b. 1877 Millbrook   d. ??

Frances (Fanny) Agnes   b. 1878 Millbrook   d. ??   Married John Samuel Reeves in Southampton in 1897.

William Charles   b. 1879 Millbrook   d. 1928 Southampton

Henrietta   b. 1880 Millbrook   d. ??   Married Edward Aarons in Southampton in 1906. Married Frederick A. Burton in Southampton in 1917.

Frederick John   b. 11 March 1882 Millbrook   d. ??   Married Annie Winifred Osman in Southampton in 1909.

Charles James   b. 1885 Millbrook   d. 17 April 1917   Married May Mildred Gregory in Millbrook in 1912. See separate story.


Harry Wallace   b. 6 January 1890 Millbrook   d. 1965 Droxford   Married Hilda B. Clarke in Southampton in 1918.

Leonard Ernest   b. 1 December 1892 Millbrook   d. 1968 Southampton


The 1st Dorsetshire were in Belfast in August 1914, part of the 15th Brigade in the 5th Division. They landed at Le Havre on 16 August.


Gregory perished during the Battle of La Bassee, when the Germans were advancing through northern France.

Around 15th October, the British managed to recapture Givenchy-les-la-Bassee.


The cemetery was begun in October 1914, the same month as Festubert was occupied by the Allies.

It was used by fighting units and field ambulances until November 1917, when it contained 299 graves.


After the Armistice more graves were brought in from the Givenchy area, and the cemetery now contains 1,071 Commonwealth WW1 burials.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th July 2016


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