Menu ☰
Liverpool Pals header
Search Pals

Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
1885 - 1916

CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916

Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916

Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916

Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft

Pte 22675 John James Dobson

  • Age: 21
  • From: Bootle, Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
  • K.I.A Tuesday 11th July 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.
Pte 22675 John James DOBSON, 20th Battalion KLR.
John James was born in 1895, he was the eldest son of seven children born to Thomas and Edith Clarke who in 1911 were living at 55 Canal Street, Bootle. They had two younger sons and four daughters. His father is shown as a canal boat builder and young John, aged 16, is an office boy in a canal boat builder’s yard.

On 9th November 1914 at Liverpool John enlisted aged 19 years 2 months, born in Bootle and a clerk. He went to France on 7th November 1915 and was killed in action on 11th July 1916. On 26th July 1916 his father, still living at 55 Canal Street, returned to Preston a “Form 7”, a record of his son’s death, pointing out that the form had not been signed and “has caused us great trouble”. In November 1916, his father received his son’s personal effects - 1 shrapnel bullet, a pipe, cigarette case, letters and photographs. He later received his son’s 3 medals.
John James Dobson is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

He is also remembered on the Bootle Civic Memorial.

We currently have no further information on John James Dobson, If you have or know someone who may be able to add to the history of this soldier, please contact us.

Killed On This Day.

(103 Years this day)
Sunday 12th November 1916.
Pte 15034 William Slater

(102 Years this day)
Monday 12th November 1917.
Pte 46416 Thomas Alexander Dangerfield