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John Harold TOWNSON

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Surname: TOWNSON

Forename(s): John Harold

Place of Birth: Silsden, Yorkshire

Service No: 134295

Rank: Sapper

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Engineers

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Division: division unknown

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Date of Death: 1920-01-25

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Local War Memorial: SILSDEN, YORKSHIRE

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John Harold Townson (born 19 November 1897) was the son of Havelock and Edith Annie Townson, née Dixon. Havelock was born at Silsden and Edith at Silsden Moor, Yorkshire.

1901 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 5, East View - John Harold Townson, aged 3 years, born Silsden, son of Havelock and Edith Annie Townson.

1911 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 15, Oak View - John Harold Townson, aged 13 years, born Silsden, son of Havelock and Edith Annie Townson.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Spr John H. Townson, 134295, R.E.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Spr John H. Townson, 134295, Royal Engineers.

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1919

TOWNSON Havelock of 46 Bolton-road Silsden near Keighley Yorkshire died 31 December 1918 at Airedale Shed Silsden Probate London 28 March to Edith Annie Townson widow and Smith Greenwood tanner and currier. Effects £1016 18s. 1d.

1928

TOWNSON Edith Annie of 6 East-view Silsden Yorkshire widow died 11 October 1928 Probate London 30 November to Isaac Townson butcher and Arthur Townson clerk. Effects £96 6s. 5d.

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14 April 1916

SILSDEN SOLDIERS’ INTERESTING LETTERS

Mrs. Charles Sugden, Lady Supt. Of the Silsden St. John Nursing Division, has received a further batch of letters from Silsden Soldiers and Sailors–the former serving abroad–expressing their thanks for gifts sent them by the inhabitants of Silsden. That the money raised for the object of sending parcels to soldiers and sailors has served a good purpose, is abundantly proved by the appreciative communications which have been received from time to time. The following are a few extracts from some of the letters received:

Sapper J.H. Townson writes:– “I was very pleased to read in the paper with regard to the recent Silsden effort for a Y.M.C.A. hut. I am sure you did really splendid. We are at present having ten days in the workshop following which we shall have ten up in the line. We never get any change in life, and it will be grand when peace is declared and all the Silsden soldiers are back home again.”

22 December 1916

SILSDEN – SOLDIERS’ CHRISTMAS PARCELS

Mrs. Charles Sugden, of Bolton Road, Silsden, has received a large number of letters from the Silsden soldiers serving at home and abroad in acknowledgment of Christmas parcels which have been sent to them on behalf of the inhabitants of Silsden. One and all bear testimony of the soldiers’ appreciation on receiving the parcels.

Appended are a number of extracts:– Harold Townson, of the R.E., writes:–

“I am sure all the Silsden soldiers are being well looked after by the people at home, and no doubt they are all proud to belong to Silsden. My comrade keeps asking me where Silsden is; he says he wished he lived there. I keep reading the letters in the local papers, and the one from V. Hudson interested me very much. I had a good laugh over it. He gives the general conditions very clearly, though he has rather high ideas about after the war.”

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22 December 1916

LETTERS FROM SILSDEN SOLDIERS – Thanks for Christmas Parcels

Mrs. C. Sugden, of Bolton Road, Silsden, has received another large batch of letters from Silsden soldiers serving at home and abroad in acknowledgement of Christmas parcels which have been recently forwarded to them on behalf of the inhabitants of Silsden. The following are extracts from some of the letters:–

Harold Townson, of the Royal Engineers, writes:–“I am sure all the Silsden soldiers are being well looked after by the people at home, and no doubt they are all proud to belong to Silsden. My comrade keeps asking me where Silsden is; he says he wishes he lived there. I keep reading the letters in the papers, and the one from V. Hudson interested me very much. I had a good laugh over it. He gives the general conditions very clearly, though he has rather high ideas about after the war.”

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