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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
Person Details
Shireoaks, Notts
George Henry Towell born Shireoaks 1886 the son of John and Sarah Ann Towell. John died before George was born. George moved to Worksop where he worked at Shireoaks Colliery, married Kate Bellamy of John Street, Worksop in 1909, and had two children before the war.
01 Jul 1916
29
185337 - CWGC Website
6696
Lance Corporal
A Coy 11th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Worksop Guardian 21 July 1916 “Another Worksop man to make the great sacrifice is Pte George Harry Towell, A Coy, 11 Batt. Sherwood Foresters, official news of whose death has been received by his wife, Mrs Towell, 25 John Street. So far details are lacking, but it would seem he took part in the great push. In a letter dated July 12th to Mrs Towell, CMS Dyer says:-“ Just a few lines, sending my very deepest sympathies in your irreparable loss. May the Lord Who watcheth over us tend you in your sad bereavement. Your husband died doing his duty as a soldier. He was carrying wounded out from the battlefield when he himself was hit. I am returning the photo of your three darling bairns, and may they live and grow up to know that their dad died for the cause of suppressing the iron hand of oppression. Again please accept my deepest sympathy.” Before the war, Towell was employed as a painter by the Shireoaks Colliery Co., in which capacity he was well known and respected. He was 29 years of age and had been in France since last August. He was at home on leave at Christmas last, and again five weeks ago. He was a good soldier and a true comrade. Mush sympathy is expressed to his widow and little ones. Mrs Towell has received the following letter from the Chaplain Rev. A E N Hitchcock;- “11th Sherwood Foresters, B.E.F., Dear Mrs Towell, I am sorry to tell you that your husband, Pte G Towell, 6699, 11th Sherwood Foresters, died in hospital of wounds received in action during the attack on July 1st. The Battalion suffered heavy losses at that time, and the list of casualties is scarcely yet complete, otherwise you would have been informed before. The colonel and most of the officer’s who took part in the attack, were also wounded, so I have taken it upon myself to communicate this news to you. With sincere sympathy.”
Cemetery:- Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuillewood, France. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
    George Henry Towell - photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
  • Buried in Blighty Valley Cemetery
    George Henry Towell - Buried in Blighty Valley Cemetery