26 October 1917 Pte George Towler died on this day

883629 Pte George Towler, 50th Bn CEF

Born at Horton in Ribblesdale, Yorkshire on 22 April 1891, George was a grocery clerk in Calgary, Alberta at the time of his enlistment. He enlisted into the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Calgary on 5 July 1916 having seen previous service in the Canadian Militia (103rd Regiment) since April of that year and, after initial training in Canada, spent time on Salisbury Plain before moving to the Western Front in early 1917.

After participating in the assault on Vimy Ridge during the Battle of Arras and the Battle of Lens in the spring and summer of 1917, George was posted as missing near Zonnebeke on the first day of the 2nd Battle of Passchendaele (3rd Ypres), 26 October 1917. Having no known grave, George is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.

26 October 1917

Research by David O'Mara