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Cockermouth Post Article February 2012 - The Towers Family of Lorton

This month we’ve another request for information, this time concerning the Towers family of Lorton. Recently an old photograph was found by a gentleman at a recycling centre in Towcester. It was taken by a well-known Cockermouth photographer of the past, Fred Nainby, and shows a young man by the name of Allison White Towers. The man who found the photograph is keen to find out more about Allison and his family. Research so far has shown that Allison grew up in Lorton, went to Keswick School, and then Oxford, before enlisting and going off to fight in France in WWI. Sadly, he was killed on 2nd October 1916, a Private in the Household Cavalry of the Westmorland and Cumberland Hussars.

Allison was born in 1894 and grew up in Brackenthwaite, Lorton. In the 1911 census his family were living at Millbeck Farm, Lorton, and Allison was a boarder at Keswick School. Allison had a friend at Keswick, called Jack Oglethorpe, who was also from Lorton. Allison had two brothers and two sisters, John, Ernest, Mary and Dorothy. John apparently went to Australia, and Ernest moved to Grasmere. There is some suggestion too that the family were renowned builders, responsible for some of the public buildings in Workington. If anyone can shed further light on this or has further information about the family, then please do get in touch.

Gloria Edwards

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