The names George, John, Louis and William Townley appear on the Roll of Honour. They were brothers. The family photograph reproduced below will help put a face against a name in the write-up on each of them: George aged 24 is front left. John (Jack) aged 20 is front right. William (Bill) aged 22 is rear left. Louis aged 17 is rear right.
George was the eldest of the four boys, all of whom were born in West Haddon to parents Frederick Daniel and Florence Elizabeth Lawrence Townley. Frederick had been born in West Haddon, baptised 30/3/1866, whereas Florence was born in Harpole.
George was baptised George Albert on 6/8/1893. The 1911 Census records him as a 17 year old general engineer.
I was unable to find any military records in respect of George Townley. A family member advised he served in France. The same family member provided the information that as a Private in the Labour Corps he married Emily Elizabeth Martins in the Parish Church, Brixworth on 12/9/1918, that he was a Well Digger and inherited a water engineering business for castles from his uncle George Lewis Townley which he kept in the family for a further two generations.
George is named in the 21/7/1939 Probate of his father Frederick Daniel Townley (Head of Household), 53 Craven Street, Coventry died 5/3/1939. Probate Birmingham 21/7/1939 to Florence Elizabeth Lawrence Townley (Widow), George Albert Townley, water engineer and John Walter Townley, foreman wheelwright. Effects £791 14s 4d. Neither William Frederick nor Harold Louis appeared in the Will.
His mother Florence Elizabeth Lawrence Townley died in 1946. George Albert Townley died June, 1967 in Meriden, Warwickshire.
(Jim Blakey 15th December, 2015)