• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE0409

Jackson, Dawn Valerie Vautin

(1917 – 1995)
  • Born 22 February, 1917, Kent United Kingdom
  • Died 20 January, 1995, Canberra Australian Capital Territory Australia
  • Occupation Servicewoman


Dawn Jackson was born in Kent, England, the daughter of Major-General R E Jackson CMG, DSO. Educated at St Catherine’s Church of England Girls School, Sydney, she served with the Voluntary Aid Detachment and subsequently with the Australian Army Women’s Medical Service. She was a member of the Australian Imperial Forces from 1941 to 1947 and saw service in the Middle East and New Guinea. Colonel Jackson was associated with the combined training of the Army Women’s Services Training Company and the Army Women’s Services Officers School.

On 2 December 1957 Dawn Jackson was appointed the second Director of the Women’s Royal Australian Army Corps, a post she held until February 1972.

Dawn Jackson was appointed to The Order of the British Empire – Officer (Military) on 11 June 1960 for her services to the Women’s Royal Australian Army Corps.

Colonel Dawn Jackson died on 20 January 1995 in Canberra.

Published resources

Archival resources

  • National Archives of Australia, National Office, Canberra
    • JACKSON DAWN VALERIE VAUTIN : Service Number - QFX24150 : Date of birth - 22 Feb 1917 : Place of birth - KENT ENGLAND : Place of enlistment - Unknown : Next of Kin - JACKSON R
  • Australian War Memorial, Research Centre
    • First WRAAC, Women's Royal Australian Army Corps
    • A pre-dinner chat for Women's Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC) officers

Related entries

  • Director
    • Women's Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC) (1951 - 1985)
  • Related Organisations
    • Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS) (1942 - 1951)
    • Voluntary Aid Detachments (VAD) (1914 - )