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Offline Steven Capstick

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Platoon 7 Coy B Henry Townson
« on: December 07, 2016, 09:54:23 AM »
I have done some research on Henry Townson, Platoon 7, Coy B, 22nd Battalion. He was an ex Scots Guard from Lancaster who became a Manchester Policeman in 1908. He joined up at the age of 32. He was killed on July 1st 1916 in the assault towards Mametz. He is buried in Dantzig Alley Cemetry. He had a wife and two daughters. Is there anyway to identify him on the platoon photograph? 

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Re: Platoon 7 Coy B Henry Townson
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2016, 12:57:54 PM »
Steven,

The photos and names do not have a key so with privates its virtually impossible without a family photo to compare.

However you say he was a Scots Guardsman some years earlier so a couple of things will assist.

1.  He will be an older man in the group and have some military bearing.  Couple fit that profile.
2.  If he served in the Boer War he will have his QSA & KSA ribbons on his tunic.  Leave that for you to check.

Good luck.

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Re: Platoon 7 Coy B Henry Townson
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2016, 01:58:33 PM »
Hi Steven,
I wonder if the tall chap in the middle of the back row is a candidate.  Really need to see if the sort of shadow above his pocket could be medal ribbons. 

It's quite interesting that most men with previous military history found themselves promoted in the Service Bttns, yet Henry was a Private at the beginning and end.  Some men chose the stay Private.

The CWGC Concentration Record http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/548466/TOWNSON,%20HENRY shows Henry was originally buried (probably in a shell hole) near the track leading east from Dantzig Alley, north of Bucket Trench. 62D.F.6.c.3.8. http://digitalarchive.mcmaster.ca/islandora/object/macrepo%3A4038/-/collection  There was a large group of 22nd Bttn men nearby in Bulgar Alley. 

I have a theory that burial parties generally didn't travel up hill with their charges. As this area forms quite a steep slope, we could suggest that Henry had made good ground in the attack and may have reached his objectives.  Hence he could have been killed in the German bombardment of the area after the Bttn had arrived.  Be careful with my conjecture though.

Have a read of Charlie May's Diaries - To Fight Alongside Friends. 

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Re: Platoon 7 Coy B Henry Townson
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2016, 05:43:41 AM »
hiya steven
if you go into the Manchester police photo section on the forum,you will find a very nice picture of henry that me and my pal tony posted many years ago

mack

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Re: Platoon 7 Coy B Henry Townson
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2016, 08:16:38 AM »
Well done Mack,
I can see him now!

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Re: Platoon 7 Coy B Henry Townson
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2016, 08:43:00 AM »
Some Obits.
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