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Forename(s): William Henry
Place of Birth: Hebden, Yorkshire
Service No: 44627
Regiment / Corps / Service: Northumberland Fusiliers
Battalion / Unit: 1/4th Battalion
Division: 50th (Northumbrian) Division
Date of Death: 1918-03-22
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 16 to 18.
CWGC Cemetery: ---
CWGC Memorial: POZIERES MEMORIAL
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: KETTLEWELL, YORKSHIRE
William Henry Townson was the son of Thomas and Esther Elizabeth Townson, née Brown. Thomas was born at Embsay and Esther at Hebden, Yorkshire.
1881 Hebden, Yorkshire Census: Green Terrace - William H. Townson, aged 5 years, born Hebden, son of Thomas and Esther Elizabeth Townson.
1891 Brierfield, Lancashire Census: 8, Belgrave Street - William H. Townson, aged 15 years, born Hebden parish of Linton, Yorkshire, son of Thomas and Esther E. Townson.
1901 Brierfield, Lancashire Census: 24, Chapel Street - William H. Townson, aged 25 years, born Hebden, Yorkshire, son of Thomas and Esther E. Townson.
William was married to Martha Lund on the 22 February 1906.
1911 Hebden, Yorkshire Census: Clarendon Hotel - William H. Townson, aged 38 years, born Hebden, husband of Martha Townson.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William H. Townson, 44627, North'd Fus. K. in A.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William Henry Townson, 44267, 18th North'd Fus.; 9th North'd Fus.; 20th North'd Fus.; 1/4th North'd Fus.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William Henry Townson, 44627, 1/4 Nthd Fus. Date and Place of Death: 22.3.18. France. K. in A. or D. of W. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Martha. £8 3s. 2d. Self and children. War Gratuity: Widow - Martha. £7 10s. 0d.
UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for William. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Martha, born 14.1.71. Marriage: 22.2.06. Address: Dale House, Kettlewell.
William probably died of his wounds soon after falling into German hands. He would have been buried on the battlefield close to where died and his grave subsequently lost.
A short biography of William is included in: ‘Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered – Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war’ by Keith Taylor (2006).
Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entryView Entry in CPGW Book
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:
TOWNSON, H., N.F., formerly at Blue Bell Inn, [Kettlewell], died in Prisoner of War Camp.
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Private William Henry TOWNSON
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Northumberland Fusiliers
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 50th (Northumbrian) Division
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