The 'Tolson Museum' is in Huddersfield and in Legh Tolson's book on "History and Annals of Kirkheaton" it is recorded 'page 164'that the house "Ravensknowle" was built in 1860 by John Beaumont at the cost of more than £20,000. On his death in 1889 it was inherited by his only child Sarah Martha, who married Standish Grove-Grady ; from her it passedto her cousin Legh Tolson, who in 1919 gave the house and grounds to the Corporation of Huddersfield for a park for all time for the people of Dalton, and a Local Museum for the Borough , as a Memorial to his nephews Lieuts.Robert Huntriss Tolson, and James Martin Tolson who gave their lives for their country in the warof 1914 - 1918.
In 1922 Legh Tolson of Barton House, Pooley Bridge, in the County of Westmorland formerly of Ravensknowle, Dalton, Kirkheaton, County of York, gave £ 1000that is 2 and 1/2 percent. Consols, upon trustto the Charity Commisioners that the dividends arising therefrom may for ever hereafter be paid to the Rector and Churchwards for the time being of the Parish of Kirkheaton, as local trustees for the upkeep of the walks and the cutting of the grass in the graveyard of the Parish Church of Kirkheaton aforesaid, where many generations of his family lie at rest.( extracted from "History and Annals of Kirkheaton" by Legh Tolson. )
TO THE GLORY OF GOD and in PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY OF ROBERT HUNTRISS TOLSON AND JAMES MARTIN TOLSON
Robert Huntriss Tolson 2nd Lieutenant 15th Battalion West Yorkshire Regimentborn 6th November 1884 served in Egypt 1915, killed in action at the first battle of the Somme 1st July 1916 buried at Serre Road Cemetery nr Hebuturne, France.
James Martin Tolson2nd Lieut: ,74th Battalion Royal Field Regiment, born 6th Nov: 1884, served in Artillery Guards Div: born 26th March 1898 Egypt 1915 killed in action at the' first Battle wounded 1917 gassed 1918 killed in action of the Somme 1st Jnly 1916, buried at Serre in the attack on Solesmes 20th Get:, 1918 Road Cemetery nr. Hebuterne, France.' - buried at Quievy in France. Second and youngest Sons of Whiteley Tolson