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Grose Henry Pierce Dawe


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Serial No. 5975

Tunnelling Company


Grose Henry Pierce Dawe - Information

Grose left Melbourne for war service on the 25th of October 1916 on the HMAT Ulysses. Born in Picton, he later completed a 7 year apprenticeship with a Mr W. J. Dawe Builder, in Manly. Completing his apprenticeship, Grose eventually worked as a builder in Byron Bay. He resided on Shirley Lane with wife, Elizabeth, and children Dorothy May, Grose, and William. At the age of 32, Grose travelled to Lismore to enlist in the AIF on the 8th of June 1916. He trained at the 11th Depot Battalion, and worked with a Hospital Unit from the 16th of July until the 1st of August. The following day, he was made a Sapper with a Tunnelling Company at Seymour Camp in Victoria. As Grose shipped out, Elizabeth moved to Spring Hill in Brisbane.

Grose landed in Plymouth in late December 1916. A month later, he was transported to the Western Front. However, he was shortly taken back to England with ill health. He was suffering with shortness of breath, coughing and a little tachycardia. A medical board found him unfit for active duty and diagnosed him with fibrosis of the lung. He was posted to an English Base for duty, until he was ordered back to Australia in early April 1917. Grose passed away on the 19th of October 1945.