Tolson Memorial Museum Marks 100 Years Since Death of James Tolson.

The people of Huddersfield are invited to join the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle on Saturday, 20 October, to mark 100 years since the death of James Tolson in the First World War.

Who was James Tolson?

James Tolson was one of two Huddersfield brothers whose deaths in World War I led to the establishment of Tolson Memorial Museum in Ravensknowle Park on Wakefield Road.  The mansion was the home of their uncle, Legh Tolson, who gifted it to the people of the town to be turned into a museum in memory of his nephews.

What will be happening?

As part of Tolson Memorial Museum’s Armistice Day Centenary commemorations, its Friends group will be unveiling a 6ft ‘Tommy’ silhouette in James’ memory at their ‘Rise Up in Remembrance’ event to be held in the museum’s Heritage Memorial Garden.

Ann Denham, chair of the Friends group said;

“James Tolson was killed in France on 20 October, 1918, just three weeks before the Armistice. He was only 20 years old.

We want to remember this tragedy along with the death of his brother Robert, aged 31, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July, 1916, and honour the Huddersfield servicemen and women who have died since in the service of their country.”

What is The Tommy Silhouette?

The Tommy silhouette is one of many Tommies rising up across the country as a way communities can remember those they have lost in conflict.  They are part of this year’s national ‘There But Not There’ fundraising campaign for armed forces mental health charities.

Is there anything else happening?

The ‘Rise Up in Remembrance’ commemoration will be from 1pm to 3pm and among the invited guests will be the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Ed Anderson. There will be poetry readings and poppy-making for children throughout the afternoon. The event is free to attend.

What else is going on at the museum to honour Remembrance Day?

The Friends group continue their commemorations with a Remembrance Day Service, starting at 10.45am, on Sunday, 11 November, in the Heritage Memorial Garden.

In addition, Tolson Memorial Museum is showing the exhibition, Lost Legacy – Muslim Roots in the British Army, which has been produced by young people from the Huddersfield Pakistani Community Alliance to show their relatives’ significant contribution to WWI and WW2. It opens on Saturday 13 October 2018. Access by stairs only.

The museum is also screening the powerful 1917 film ‘The Battle of the Ancre’ on Friday, 9 November, at 7pm. It shows the final stages of the Somme campaign on the Western Front and features the first-ever scenes of tanks in battle and the difficulties experienced by the British Army fighting on ground beset with mud.  Places must be booked, cost £3 per person.

Want to find out more?

For further information about the museum and its opening times head over to our website or call the museum on 01484 223240.

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