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Our new exhibition! Open from 6th May 2010.
Boys Scouts on Imperial Service
24th May 2010 marks the centenary of the establishment of Lonsdale
District Scouts. Many
of the early boy scouts saw service in the First World War all keen to
volunteer for the service of their King and Country. A number of local
scouts saw service with the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Some of
the items in the museum’s collection reflect their service.
A new temporary exhibition includes items relating to three of them:
Sergeant Herbert Dobson MM
Accession Number : KO0534/01
Wooden grave marker cross of Sergeant Herbert Dobson, of the 1st/5th
Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, killed in action on 9th
August 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, 1916.
Quarry Cemetery, Montauban, Somme, France.
Sergeant Herbert Dobson - Killed
Lancaster Guardian 19 August, 1916
"A brave young Lancastrian, who had gained the Military Medal for
meritorious conduct on the field, has been killed in action, viz,
Sergeant Herbert Dobson, of the 5th King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regt. The
sad news was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dobson of 75
Windermere Road, Lancaster, on Wednesday morning. Sergeant Dobson was
only 20 years of age. He was educated at Christ Church School, and
became a teacher of the Wesleyan Sunday School, Sulyard street, where he
was held in high esteem. One of the first boy scouts in Lancaster, he
was the first to win the King’s Badge. He joined the Terriers in
September 1914, and was trained with the 2/5th King’s Own, from which he
was drafted to France in May 1915. Promotion came quickly because of his
efficient work, and on December 30th, 1915 he was awarded the Military
More on Herbert Dobson
Boy Scouts on Imperial Service
Morecambe Visitor, February 1915
Accession Number : KO1926/20
…we publish the portraits of six members of the 4th Morecambe Boy Scouts
who have enlisted in the 5th Battalion King’s Own Royal Lancaster
Regiment for Imperial Service. Tom Edmondson is now at Sevenoaks, and is
shortly proceeding on active service. The others are at present billeted
at Blackpool with the 5th (Reserve) Battalion.
The names, reading from left to right are:-
Arthur Johnson, Victoria Street; Maurice Hodgson, Green Street; James
Swain, 29 Beecham Street;
Front row:- Arthur Baron, Hampton Road, Sandylands; Tom Edmondson, Green
Street; and Albert Hodgson, Green Street.
|Arthur Johnson, Victoria Street, Morecambe|
Born on 20th June 1898 Arthur worked as a fisherman before enlisting
in World War One. He served as number 2890 with the 1st/5th King’s
Own and later transferred to 166th Coy Machine Gun Corps. He
returned home after the war and worked as a sailor on board the Duke
of Argyll, later becoming mooring superintendent at Heysham Harbour.
He died on 19 Jan 1965 and is buried in Torrisholme Cemetery.
|Arthur Baron, Hampton Road, Sandylands, Morecambe|
Possibly Number 2821 of the 5th Battalion, King’s Own.
|Maurice Hodgson, Green Street, Morecambe|
Employed by T M Walker as an iron monger he enlisted into the King’s
Own in September 1914 he went overseas to join the 1st/5th King’s
Own in April 1916. He held the rank of corporal. He was killed in
action on 15th August 1916, age 19. He has no known grave and is
commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
|Tom Edmondson, Green Street, Morecambe|
Enlisting in September 1914 Thomas Edmondson went overseas to France
with ‘C’ Company of the 5th King’s Own on 14th February 1915.
Although wounded he was able to return to duty on 23rd April 1915.
He was killed in action on 15th August 1915. He was son of Mr
Edmondson, Contractor and Builder. He is buried in Dive Copse
British Cemetery, Sailly-le-Sec, France.
|James Swain, 29, Beecham Street, Morecambe|
Enlisted on 8th September 1914 into the 5th King’s Own.
|Albert Hodgson, Green Street, Morecambe|
Enlisted into the 5th King’s Own.
Private William Thompson MM
Accession Number : KO0784/124
William Thompson, pictured standing looking right, one of the original
Lancaster Boy Scouts, served on the Western Front with the 1st/5th
Battalion of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. After the
war he joined Lancaster's police force and rose to be Chief Constable,
holding that post until 1947 when the City Force was merged into the
On display in the museum are his medals and sections of his account
of his time in the trenches from 1915 onwards.
More on William Thompson