John Thomas Towell served for eight years in the Royal Garrison Artillery before emigrating to Canada. He was the son of William and Annie Towell of Empingham and born in the village in 1874. On his attestation paper he described himself as a labourer. He joined the Canadian Engineers on 27 September 1915 and was killed seven months later on 15 April 1916. John is buried at Reningheist New Military Cemetery, grave I.C.13, and is remembered on Empingham's war memorial.
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