DOBSON, Ernest William Swiftsure

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DOBSONErnest William SwiftsurePrivate1893-12-23ScotlandHESPERIAN191116Quarrier's Orphan Homes of Scotland1916-10-272138th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, (Eastern Ontario Regiment), ArmyVimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, FranceJoined the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 23 or 24 February 1915 (number 410487) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 27 October 1916 - name listed on the Vimy Memorial, France. Information from Soldiers of the 38th.No published attestation papers. Attested year of birth was 1893, however shipping suggests he was born in 1895.Index of Home Children who died in the First World War4104871915-7-25Ottawa, Ontario,%20ERNEST%20WILLIAM%20SWIFTSURE Canadian Infantry38th Battalion

The following records have been discerned for Private Ernest William Swiftsure Dobson by Jennifer Layne for the BHCARA British Home Child Registry.

There is a Google Book called 'Years into Lives: Pages from our family stories' by Violet 'Cookie' Lynch - Beginning pages 41 on, detailing the life of Private Ernest Dobson and before that of his sister, Nurse Violet Dobson:

1901 Scottish Census records place Ernest (6, Edinburgh), Violet (13, Edinburgh), Daisy (8, Edinburgh) and Beatrice Dobson (4, Edinburgh) in the Kilmacolm Orphanage at the Bridge of Weir, Kilmalcolm, Renfrewshire, Scotland.  

Library and Archives Canada
Given Name(s): Ernest William
Surname: DOBSON
Age: 16
Gender: M
Port of Departure: Glasgow
Date of Departure: 1911-04-01
Port of Arrival: Halifax
Date of Arrival: 1911-04-10
Year of Arrival: 1911
Destination: Brockville, Ontario
Comments: Quarrier Boys
Type of Records: Passenger Lists
Microfilm Reel Number: T-4740
Children travelling together: H11BS
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Reference: RG 76 C1b
Item Number: 74240

1911 Canadian Census records place William Dobson as the son of Margaret Cosle and William L Wode of Elmsley, Lanark, Ontario.  William was 16 born in Dec 1894 and had immigrated from Scotland in 1911.

Attestation papers were signed 25 Jul 1915 in Ottawa, Ontario.  Ernest William Swiftsure Dobson was born 23 Dec 1893 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  He was a Quarter Master by trade.  His Next of Kin was first Violet Dobson of Grace Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, USA but that was changed to Beatrice Dobson of 700 Forest Street, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.  Ernest was 5'9 1/2" in height with blue eyes and auburn hair, he had a v shaped mark on the right side of his head.  His religion was noted as Presbyterian.

Additionally in his Military file, Next of Kin was noted as Violet Dobson of 31 Collage Street, Winstead, Connecticut, USA, and Mrs. Foster W Rice of 131 Exchange Street, Fair Haven, Connecticut, USA.  There was also a change of address for Violet, of Parker Hill Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.  There was also a change of address for his sister, Mrs. Foster W Rice, to 244 Putman Street, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

Commonwealth War Graves Registers and Circumstances of Casualty states that he was Killed in Action after taking a direct hit from an enemy shell in Courcelette, Somme, Picardy, France.  His Next of Kin was his sister, Violet Dobson of 31 Cottage Street, Winstead, Connecticut, USA, Violet married Foster W. Rice and lived at 629 Second Avenue, West Haven, Connecticut USA.  Letters to this address were returned undelivered.

His final resting place is unknown, his name is listed on the Vimy Memorial, Vimy, Nord Pas de Calais, France.

Find A Grave Memorial# 56676656