Robert Huntriss Tolson

Robert Huntriss Tolson, the grandson of William and Ellen Huntriss of Halifax, was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme. His brother, James Martin Tolson, was also killed during the war.

The film ‘Loss and Legacy: The Tolson Story’ was made especially for the Tolson Museum gallery, and tells the poignant story of the Tolson brothers and the profound effect the war had on the family. Their story echoes the impact of war on many people’s lives in and around Huddersfield at the time. The film is based on letters between the Tolson brothers and their family back home.

In 1919, Legh Tolson (their uncle) gifted Ravensknowle Hall and part of the grounds to the Huddersfield Corporation (now Kirklees Council), as a memorial to his nephews.