When faced with mortal danger in World War 1, a showman did what came naturally – he cracked a joke.
Leann Richards looks back at the life of Tom Dawson.
In the early 1900s, Harry Rickards’ Tivoli Circuit featured a small number of regulars. They were an expected and much loved attraction of any Tivoli show. One of them was Welsh born comedian Tom Dawson.
Born Tom Besley in Wales in 1874, his first job was as a child labourer in mines and factories, before his family moved to Australia.