High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England.
He graduated at Merton College, Oxford, in 1905. He spent a year taking a theological course at Union Seminary but decided on a career as a writer.
In the same year he went to America, where he did special work for English newspapers on Canadian subjects, traveling widely during the period. He lived at Taunton, Massachusetts, from 1906 to 1910, when he became literary adviser to the George H. Doran Publishing Company.
In a house in Taunton, Massachusetts, he wrote poems, short stories, and three novels: Garden Without Walls (1913), an immediate success, followed by The Raft and Slaves of Freedom.
In 1914, he went to Ottawa, saw Sir Sam Hughes, and was offered a commission in the Canadian Field Artillery on the completion of his training at the Royal Military College of Canada, at Kingston, Ontario. "His long training at Kingston had been very severe. It included besides the various classes which he attended a great deal of hard exercise, long rides or foot marches over frozen roads before breakfast, and so forth."
In July 1916 he was selected, with twenty-four other officers, for immediate service in France. His younger brothers enlisted in the Naval Patrol, then being recruited in Canada by Commander Armstrong.
Lieutenant Coningsby Dawson joined the Canadian Army at the front in 1916, and continued in service until the end of World War I. He served in the Somme battlefield at Albert, at Thiepval, at Courcelette, and at the taking of the Regina trench.
The Project Gutenberg EBook #14086 of Carry On: Letters in Wartime, by Lieutenant Coningsby Dawson, Novelist and Soldier, Canadian Field Artillery 1917 includes:
- "By the time this reaches you I'll be in the line again, but for the present I'm undergoing a special course of training. You can't hear the most distant sound of guns, and if it wasn't for the pressure of study, similar to that at Kingston, one would be very rested." February 4, 1917.
In 1919, he went to England to study European reconstruction problems, and subsequently lectured on the subject of the United States. He also visited and reported on the devastated regions of Central and Eastern Europe at the request of Herbert Hoover.
Partial list of Works
- The Worker and Other Poems (1906)
- The House of Weeping Women (1908)
- Murder Point (1910)
- The Road to Avalon (1911)
- The Garden Without Walls (1913)
- Florence on a Certain Night and other Poems (1914)
- The Raft (1914)
- The Unknown Country (1915)
- Slaves of Freedom (1916)
- The Seventh Christmas (1917, 1921)
- Carry On: Letters in Wartime’ (1917 
- The Glory of the Trenches (1918)
- Out to Win (1918)
- Living Bayonets (1919)
- The Test of Scarlet (1919)
- The Little House (1920)
- It Might Have Happened to You (1921)
- The Kingdom Round the Corner (1921, 1923)
- The Vanishing Point (1922)
- Christmas Outside Eden (1922)
- The Moon Through Glass (1934)
- Inspiration Valley (1935)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
- 4237 Dr. Adrian Preston & Peter Dennis (Edited) "Swords and Covenants" Rowman And Littlefield, London. Croom Helm. 1976.
- H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "To Serve Canada: A History of the Royal Military College of Canada" 1997 Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1969.
- H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
- H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember". In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876–1918. Volume II: 1919–1984. Royal Military College. [Kingston]. The R.M.C. Club of Canada. 1984
- Bleiler, Everett (1948). The Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Chicago: Shasta Publishers. p. 94.
- Project Gutenberg EBook #14086 of 'Carry On: Letters in Wartime', by Lieutenant Coningsby Dawson, Novelist and Soldier, Canadian Field Artillery 1917.
- Works by Coningsby Dawson at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Coningsby Dawson at Internet Archive
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