Harold Dodson was born on 10th July 1896 in the row of cottages on Church St. known as Pyett’s Row. His parents were William Dodson, a farm labourer popularly known as Billy Dot and his wife Alice (nee Norman). Harold was the fourth in a family of five children. After school he became a farm labourer but gave this up to become a railwayman.
Harold enlisted as a Private with the Lincolnshire Regiment, as he was working at Spalding as a railwayman. He later transferred to the Royal West Surrey Regiment (Queen’s Regiment) where he was a Gunner. He transferred again to the 13th Battalion Tank Corps after it was formed in July 1917.
Harold’s Battalion was still not fully trained when the 2nd German Spring Offensive began in April 1918, and the men did not have tanks, but they were used as machine gunners attached to infantry battalions. Harold was killed near Ypres, fighting a rearguard action, on 25th April 1918 – he was 21 years old.
Harold’s body was never recovered but his name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial near Ypres. Harold was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.