Great War Battle of the Somme Guillemont 1st Footballers Attack on ZZ Trench Casualty trio awarded to Private A. Dawkins, 17th Service Battalion - the 1st Football, Middlesex Regiment, who was present out on the Western Front from 20th December 19...

Lot: 3105
Description: Great War Battle of the Somme Guillemont 1st Footballers Attack on ZZ Trench Casualty trio awarded to Private A. Dawkins, 17th Service Battalion - the 1st Football, Middlesex Regiment, who was present out on the Western Front from 20th December 1915 with the 1st Battalion, and then transferred to the 1st Footballers. He was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme on 8th August 1916 in his battalions attack at Guillemont and the temporary capture of ZZ Trench. The trench was held for a period until the Germans advanced from the direction of Trones Wood and eventually reoccupied the trench after a bitter fight, each end of the sap having been reinforced with bombing parties to hold off any enemy attacks. 1914-15 Star; (G-9831. PTE. A. DAWKINS. MIDDX. R.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (G-9831 PTE. A. DAWKINS. MIDDX R.) Arthur Dawkins was born and lived in Camberwell, London, and having then enlisted there, saw service during the Great War as a Private (No.G-9831) with the Middlesex Regiment. Initially with the 1st Battalion, he was present out on the Western Front from 20th December 1915, and then transferred to the 17th Service Battalion - the 1st Football. Dawkins was then present during the Battle of the Somme, and was killed in action on 8th August 1916 during his battalions attack at Guillemont and the temporary capture of ZZ Trench. The trench was held for a period until the Germans advanced from the direction of Trones Wood and eventually reoccupied the trench after a bitter fight, each end of the sap having been reinforced with bombing parties to hold off any enemy attacks. Dawkins was amongst those killed in action and having no known grave he is commemorated by name on the Thiepval Memorial. Good very fine