Robert Huntriss Tolson (1884-1916)

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 Robert and his brother James.

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, ROBERT HUNTRISS. Lieutenant. 15th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (1st Leeds Pals). Born Elm Lea, Dalton, Huddersfield, 6.11.1884. Son of Whiteley and Jessy Tolson, Oaklands, 1 Greenhead Lane, Dalton. Educated Aysgarth School, near Newton le Willows, and King William's College, Castletown, Isle of Man. Employed at the Leeds branch of the Becketts Bank. On 9.10.1909 married Miss Zoe A. Stanley, 'Kirk Lea', Driffield. Enlisted as a Private in the Public Schools Battalion in September, 1914. Obtained a commission in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in January, 1915. Transferred to the 15th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment in September, 1915. Went with them to Egypt in September, 1915. Returned to France in March, 1916. Killed in action at Serre, 1.7.1916, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 31. His father received a telegram informing him that his son had been wounded. Second Lieutenant Tolson's body was eventually found in March, 1917, and he is buried in SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No 1. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row B, Grave 52.
ROH:- Huddersfield Parish Church; St. John's Church, Kirkheaton; The Tolson Memorial Museum; commemorated on headstone in Kirkheaton Cemetery.
Brother of 2nd Lieutenant JAMES MARTIN TOLSON died of wounds, 20.10.1918.