Dobson – Private Frederick William (Billy)

9 November 1886 – 15 November 1935:-

Frederick, known as Billy, was born in Ovingham, near Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1906 he enlisted in the Coldstream Guards, transferring to the Reserve after three years. He then worked as a horse keeper at Garesfield Colliery. He was recalled to the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards upon the outbreak of war.

On 28th September 1914 at Chavonne, Aisne, France, Private Dobson twice volunteered to go out under heavy fire to bring in two wounded men. This undertaking involved crossing a good deal of open ground in full view of the enemy. Private Dobson, however, crawled out and found one of the men dead and the other wounded. He dressed the wounds and then crawled back, to return with a corporal and a stretcher, on to which they put the wounded man and then dragged him back to safety.

During the war Billy received several wounds that would affect him for the rest of his life, and it was due to these that he was discharged from the Army in 1917.

He returned to the mines for a period, leaving to work as a cinema commissionaire – a role he occupied up till his death in 1935. He was buried in an unmarked grave until the Newcastle upon Tyne branch of the Coldstream Guards Association dedicated a headstone on 15 March 1986.    His medals are held at the Coldstream Guards Regimental Headquarters, London.

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