James Martin Tolson (1898-1918)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


Nephew of Legh Tolson, who gifted Ravensknowle Hall and its estate to Huddersfield Corporation in 1919 in order that they be turned into a museum and a park, and to act as a memorial to both James and his brother Robert.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

TOLSON, JAMES MARTIN. 2nd Lieutenant. 'A' Battery, 74th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Born Oaklands, 1 Greenhead Lane, Dalton, Huddersfield. 26.3.1898. Youngest son of Whiteley and Jessy Tolson. Educated at Bramcote, Scarborough, and Uppingham Public School, Rutland, which he left in December, 1915. He had been awarded a place at University College, Oxford. Single. Enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company in April, 1916. Was commissioned into the R.F.A. on 20.2.1917. Was wounded in October, 1917, near Ypres. He was treated at Fazakerley Hospital. He returned to France and was gassed in June, 1918, near Adinfer. He rejoined his Battery in July, 1918. Was wounded, 20.10.1918, near Cambrai. Died of wounds, 20.10.1918, aged 20 years. Buried QUIEVY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION. Grave location:- Row C, Grave 51.
ROH:- Huddersfield Parish Church; St. John's Church, Kirkheaton; The Tolson Memorial Museum.
Brother of Second Lieutenant ROBERT HUNTRISS TOLSON killed in action, 1.7.1916.