- The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
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|For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty near Roeux on the 12th May 1917. Private Dresser, in spite of being twice wounded on the way, and suffering great pain, succeeded in conveying an important message from Battalion Headquarters to the front line of trenches, which he eventually reached in an exhausted condition. His fearlessness and determination to deliver the message at any cost proved of the greatest value to his Battalion at a critical period.|
|(Left) Private Tom Dresser delivers an important message from Battalion Headquarters to his Company Commander, although severely wounded twice whilst crossing no-man's land, - 12th May 1917.|
Tom Dresser was born in York on 6th April 1892 (*
- see below). His parents Thomas and Clara (nee Ward) were originally
farmers at Westgate, Pickering, who sold up and purchased a news agent
business in Middlesbrough. He was educated at St. John's and Hugh
Bell High School in Middlesbrough and got his first job at Dorman Long's
Dock Street Foundry.
(*) The following information relating to Tom Dresser and his family has been supplied by Roger Dowson (e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org);-
Tom Dresser's birth place which was HUBY, NR Easingwold.
Tom Dresser's Grandfather, also called Tom Dresser was born in Whenby in 1825. He was a local farmer having 506 acres, employing 6 men and 3 boys.
Tom's father, Thomas was also born in Whenby in 1863. He was a groom by occupation - living in Little Langton, North Yorkshire. His Mother Clara (nee Ward) was a farmers daughter.
Tom Dresser V.C. was born at Lawnd House Farm, Huby, near Easingwold on 9th April 1891. This is listed on his birth certificate, copy at Beck Isle Museum.
The family moved around a lot, and he also had a sister born in Pontefract in 1887. Sometime between 1902 and 1917 they moved to Middlesbrough.
The Beck Isle Museum, Pickering holds several photographs and considerable research and documentation relating to Tom Dresser 'The Yorkshire V.C.'. Amongst the photographs in the possession the Beck Isle Museum is the one below, of Private Dresser wearing his VC.