My great grandfather Henry Dawes was the brother of Robert Ernest. There were about 12 siblings, Henry being the third born and Robert Ernest the nineth. Their parents were William born abt 1857 in Whitehaven, Cumberland and Mary Jane Sewell born abt 1878 also in Whitehaven. The start of the family tree is with another William Dawes who died before 1841. He was married to Isabella Rawes born abt 1776 Ambleside.
There was quite a few Dawes family living around the Glenridding area but I haven't researched this as yet.