From the Halifax Courier 5th June 1915:
“Private A Townsley Queensbury. News has been received by Mrs. A Townsley of the death of her husband, Pte A Townsley (11230) D Company, 2nd Duke’s from poison gas. Townsley lived with his wife and family, aged 8, 10, and 12 years, at Perseverance Road, Queensbury and worked in Bradford for Messrs. Constantine, umbrella manufacturers where he was highly respected as a sober and industrious man. The health of a child caused his removal to Perseverance Road.
At the outbreak of hostilities Mr. Townsley, who was a reservist and needed no call volunteered at once. After about two months of training he crossed the channel and was immediately drafted into the fighting line.
His wife has since received most encouraging letters from him, the last relating how he had been slightly wounded but having satisfactorily recovered had left to do more duty for King and Country.
The news of his death came as a shock to all, and the sympathy of many is extended to the widow and family.”
Arthur and his wife Margaret in 1911 lived at 33 Maidstone Street, Bradford, their three children were Kathleen (4), William (6) and Amy (8). As stated above he served in the 2nd Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment and died of wounds on 5th May 1915. Arthur has no known grave and is commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL (Panel 20).
Margaret left Queensbury and is shown on the CWGC records as living at Town Street, Bramley, Leeds, she died in June 1952, aged 80.