Tom Dawson

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Thomas Peter Dawson
Born (1914-01-25)25 January 1914
Cawnpore, Bengal, India
Died 15 June 1943(1943-06-15) (aged 29)
3 Kilmaurs Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland (usual residence: 312 West Princes Street, Glasgow
Cause of death
Pulmonary tuberculosis, heart failure
  • BBC announcer
Spouse(s) Sanchia Frances Leslie Pielou
  • Thomas Peter Dawson
  • Edith Jeanne Moyes

Tom Dawson was an announcer with the BBC in Edinburgh from 1926 until his death in 1943.

Early life

Dawson was born in India in 1914 where his father was a captain in the Royal Indian Army Service Corps. He was educated at Heriot's School, Edinburgh. After four years at Edinburgh University, where he was secretary of the Students' Representative Council, he joined the staff of the BBC as an announcer in December 1926.

BBC career

He was also a programme assistant in Aberdeen for a short time before the war began.

In the 1930s, Dawson, along with Aidan Thomson, were the two Edinburgh announcers. His voice was heard frequently in the BBC military band programmes and especially in Command Performance. He also acted as a news commentator and reader of the Scottish news summary.[1]

Move to Glasgow

On the advent of the Second World War, Dawson, along with many of his Edinburgh-based colleagues, moved through to the BBC's Glasgow studios at Queen Margaret Drive.

During this time he lived at 312 West Princes Street in Glasgow.

Dawson went on sick leave for a time around the turn of 1939/40, replaced by Howard Lockhart who was transferred from Aberdeen.[2]

From 13 September 1941, he compared a Saturday afternoon/evening repeat of the daily wartime fitness instruction programme, Up in the Morning Early.


Tom Dawson died in Edinburgh on 15 June 1943 at the age of 29. His death certificate listed the cause of death as heart failure caused by pulmonary tuberculosis.

He was survived by his wife, Sanchia Pielou (1915–1993), a founder member and principal harpist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 1935, who also played regularly with the Reid Orchestra. Pielou went on to marry Nathan Grant Macey in 1950.


  1. 'Formerly at BBC in Aberdeen', Press and Journal, 16 June 1943, 4.
  2. 'Scottish Region Staff', BBC WAC R13/372.