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IGS 1895 (2) Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98 (3438 Pte J. Sawdon. 2nd Bn. York: Regt.);
QSA (7) Relief of Kimberly, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast, South Africa 1901 (3438 Pte. J. Sawdon. Yorkshire Regt.);
1914-15 Star (16957. Pte. J. Sawdon. E. York. R.);
British War and Victory Medals (16957 Pte. J. Sawdon. E. York. R.).

Jesse Sawdon was born at Christ Church, Hull in 1872, the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Sawdon of 12 George Road, Leeds. Attesting with the Yorkshire Regiment at Richmond on 24 September 1891 having previously served in the 3rd (Militia) Battalion. Posted to the 1st Battalion on 2 January 1892 and transferred to the 2nd Battalion in Burma on 29 September 1893. Remaining there until 17 January 1896 when he was posted to India, Sawdon was engaged on the Northwest Frontier twice over the next few years.

Returning to Britain on 29 December 1898 he was transferred to the Army Reserve on 31 December. Unfortunately he was not to enjoy a long break from military life, being recalled for service on 13 November 1899. Posted to South Africa on 24 November with 1st Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment he saw very heavy service there for the next two years being posted to the Depot on 10 September 1901 and leaving the country on 2 November. Returning again to the Reserve on 30 April 1902 he was discharged on 23 September 1903.

With the outbreak of the Great War Sawdon attested with the East Yorkshire Regiment on 15 February 1915 at Leeds. He entered the war in France on 13 July 1915 with the 7th Battalion. This unit saw action at the Battle of the Somme, Passchendaele, the Spring Offensive and the Hundred Days. Discharged on 24 February 1919 he returned home to 6 Halton Street, Leeds.
Dr David Biggins

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