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Michael Geoffrey Towers
Longton, Preston, Lancashire
Friday, January 17, 2014 16:58
World War 1
The History section of the site includes a reference to The Fallen of Sutton-in-Craven including profiles of 40 WWI soldiers.

As 2014 sees the commemoration and memorial of WW1, an episode in history that will have touched many families in the Craven District beyond the 40 above, those of you with an interest in genealogy and family history will find of interest a book called “Craven’s Part In The Great War”.

This was first published in 1920 by John T Clayton with the support of a number of local newspapers with the resultant book being issued to every “Craven” man or his/her family who served in the conflict.

I have a copy and, although now out of print, ebay often have copies for sale but the good news is that the book in its entirety can be viewed on the web at a site first launched in 2007. This, together with links to the Craven Herald and the West Yorkshire Pioneer newspapers, together with armed forces Regiments and War Memorials, is fully searchable.

The book provides a brief history of the war and the part played in it by the Craven Man. Individual entries are support by a photograph and personal background details. My own family has a member, my great uncle Matthew Horsman Towers, who is represented on page 177.

If you have a family member who served in this conflict, I thoroughly recommend you search the book’s database.
Sylvia Dowgill
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 07:58
I have used this for my family research online, what was really useful we're the copies of the articles in the Craven Herald relating to the deaths . It's very easy to use.
My Great Uncle George Metcalfe was killed in France and the same day his beloved sheepdog lay down and died at home on the farm in Clapham .... I found that out from the Craven Herald fascinating ?
Michael Geoffrey Towers
Longton, Preston, Lancashire
Monday, January 27, 2014 15:43

Good to hear that you have used CPGW with such interesting result.

I had a similar experience for Matthew Towers where the Craven Herald report quoted

"He took part in the Great Push in France last September, going over the top with his battalion on the morning of September 3rd, at 5-15. Near him were two more local lads, Pte. C.H. Midgley, of Sutton, and Pte. Reginald Ellison, also of Sutton. Pte. Midgley afterwards stated that Pte. Towers ran into him in 'No Man's Land' on the morning of the 3rd, near Thiepval. Pte. Midgley was wounded and the last he saw of Pte. Towers was that he was advancing at a 'double' towards the German lines".

None of my family were aware of Matthew's heroism.

You may be interested to know of another free web site called Wharfedale & Craven Genealogical Study at that also covers Craven and which has 29 Dowgills and 1015 Metcalfe's recorded in it.

Good luck in your further research.

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