Private William Townsley

Private William Townsley, 16th Battalion ( 2nd Glasgow ), Highland Light Infantry. He died in France on 18th April 1917, aged 32, of wounds received during the Battle of Arras. He had been born in Tweedmouth and was the husband of Christina Townsley of 36 Duke Street, Coldstream. He is buried in Nestle Communal Cemetery, France. The 16th H.L.I. was a ” Pals ” Battalion and was formed mostly from former members of thr Boys Brigade. Before the War he had been employed as a labourer by William Smith, builders of Coldstream. He had been a Nationl Reservist in the K.O.S.B. but had been attatched to the H.L.I. his brother had already been killed with the 1st/4th K.O.S.B. at Gallipoli.

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