Joseph Dawson

Joseph Anthony Dawson (1946 - 1978)

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Joseph Anthony Dawson
Born in Fitzwilliam, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Mtoko District, Rhodesiamap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Jun 2018 | Last significant change: 3 Nov 2018
07:24: Andrew Field edited the Biography for Joseph Dawson. [Thank Andrew for this]
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Categories: Roll of Honour (War), British South Africa Police | Support Unit Branch, British South Africa Police | Killed in Action, Rhodesia, Rhodesian Bush War.


Birth & Upbringing: Joseph, who was more commonly referred to as "Tony" was born at Fitzwilliam, England in 1946. he was the son of John Dawson and Mary Hilterman. He has a brother John and a sister, Pauline.
Family: Tony married Deborah Edden.
Migration: Tony emigrated from the United Kingdom with his family after the war departing Southampton, destined for Capetown on the Winchester Castle. [1]
Education: Tony was educated at Kings School, St Aidan's College, Grahamstown, and at Maritzburg College. He later studied at the University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg) where he read accountancy.
Military: Tony did his National Service in South Africa with the South African Defense Force at the Army Gymnasium, Pretoria.
Sports: He excelled in rugby, hockey, water polo and sailing, both at school and during police training. In 1966 and 1967 he played lock for Natal Under-20s and in 1968 represented the Natal Duikers. Tony played for the Rhodesian national rugby team in 1974 and 1975. He won the BSAP Sportsman of the Year Trophy in 1973.
Vocation: Tony joined the BSA Police in April 1969; Reg.No.8231; served until June 1978. He was posted to Highlands, CID Salisbury, Rhodesville and Salisbury Central Traffic, before transferring to Support Unit as Troop Commander. Tony was also a member of the sub-aqua team.
Demise: Killed in action - vehicle ambush while serving as a Inspector with Support Unit in Mtoko District (Operation Hurricane).[2] [3]
Burial: His military funeral was held at Warren Hills Cemetery, Salisbury, on 7 June 1978 [4]


  1. Passenger Lists Leaving UK" Database with images. Winchester Castle Departure Southampton destined to Cape Town, South Africa citing Union Castle Line Steamship CC
  2. Andrew Field: BSA Police Roll of Honour BSAP Website
  3. Obituary Notice Outpost 6/1978 Outpost Magazine: Journal of the BSA Police
  4. Find a Grave Index database with images citing Memorial ID 165302813 for Dawson buried Warren Hills Cemetery, Salisbury

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Inspector Tony Dawson
Inspector Tony Dawson

Wedding of Insp. & Mrs JA Dawson
Wedding of Insp. & Mrs JA Dawson


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