William Holland Towlson (1887-1917)

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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:

TOWLSON, WILLIAM HOLLAND. 2nd Lieutenant. 122nd Company, Machine Gun Corps. Formerly Private Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Born Huddersfield 16.2.1887. Son of Herbert and Mary Towlson, 4 Cobcroft Road, Fartown, Huddersfield. Educated Spring Grove Board School. Served his articles as a solicitor with Mr. F. A. Reed of the firm of Messrs Learoyd and Company, Huddersfield, and on completion practiced for 12 months in Liverpool, 12 months in Staffordshire and 2 years in Aberdare, South Wales. Enlisted in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers as a Private in June, 1916, at Kinmel and had gained his first stripe as a Lance Corporal when he was recommended for a commission. He went through his course with a Cadet battalion at Bisley and was granted a commission into the Machine Gun Corps on 26.1.1917. Embarked for France in March, 1917. Suffered serious gunshot wounds on 31.7.1917 and underwent an emergency operation. He was gradually moved down the line and arrived at No 10 British Red Cross Hospital (Lady Murray's Hospital) on 26.8.1917. At 1.30pm on 28.9.1917 his parents received telegrams from the War Office and Lady Murray to say that their son's condition was critical after a serious operation, followed by a third telegram at 5.30pm containing the sad news of his death and conveying the sympathy of the Army Council. Died of wounds at 9am on 28.9.1917, aged 30 years. Buried MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 4, Row O, Grave 2b.
ROH:- Fartown and Birkby War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • regiment: Machine Gun Corps
  • died: 28 September 1917
  • age: 30 years
  • record ID: 120352