Walter Thewlis (c.1889-1918)

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Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

THEWLIS, WALTER. Gunner. No 152658. 'A' Battery, 71st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Born Thongsbridge. Son of Mr and Mrs Albert Thewlis, of West End, Wooldale. Husband of Ada Thewlis of Hollowgate, Thurstonland. Educated Lane Bottom School. Attended Wooldale Wesleyan Chapel, where he was a member of the choir. Was a keen athlete, a member of the Wooldale Association Football Club and the Thurstonland Cricket Club. Employed as a scourer by Messrs Lancaster and Sons, Mytholm Bridge Mills. Enlisted August 1916. Embarked for France on 28.3.1917. Killed in action, 22.3.1918, aged 28 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated ARRAS MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His wife received the following letter from Major Willett of the 71st Brigade R.F.A. who wrote, 'It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you that your husband, Gunner Thewlis of this Battery, was killed in action on the 22nd of this month. He was hit by several pieces of shell while out mending telephone wires and you will be glad to hear that he was killed instantenously and suffered no pain. Your husband is a very great loss to the Battery as he was good at any work he was given to do. He was an excellent gunner and when he began to learn signalling about four months ago he picked it up very quickly, so much so that after three months he was qualified as a first class signaller. In addtion he was a most gallant soldier and I shall find it most difficult to replace him in the Battery.'
ROH:- Wooldale War Memorial; Thurstonland War Memorial.

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