Sir Francis William Towle (1876-1951)
TOWLE, Lieut.-Col. Sir FRANCIS WILLIAM, Knt., C.B.E. – Cr. 1919.
Eldest son of William Towle, Esq., of Rookland, Torquay, by Elizabeth Ball, who d. 1906; b. 1876; m. 1901 Emma Annette, dau. of _, and widow of Capt. David Alexander Napier Lomax, Welsh Regt.
“Sir Francis Towle, who was educated at Marlborough and at Trinity Coll., Cambridge (B.A. 1898), is Hotel Manager, Midland Railway Co.; Chairman of the Navy and Army Canteen Board of Management; a Member of the Tobacco and Matches Control Board, and temp. Capt. R.A.S.C. ; was Assistant Inspector of Q.M.G.’s Services, S. Command, 1916-17; Assistant Director 1917, and has been Controller for Navy and Army Canteen Board at the War Office, with the temp, rank of Lieut.-Col., since 1917. – Bath Club, W.; 3, Clarence Terrace, Regent’s Park, N.W.; Clarence Cottage, Frinton-on- Sea.”
[The County families of the United Kingdom; or, Royal Manual of the Titled and Untitled Aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, Volume 59, p,1334-1335 - 1919 by Edward Walford]
“Sir Francis Towle, C.B.E., Managing Director, Gordon Hotels Limited, whose death, at the age of 75, we recorded briefly in our December 28 issue, was the son of the late Sir William Towle, Manager of the Midland Railway Hotels. 1871-1914, and a brother of the late Mr. Arthur Towle, Controller of L.M.S.R. Hotel, Refreshment Room & Restaurant Car Services, 1925-44. Sir Francis Towle was educated at Marlborough and Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 1898 he and his brother Arthur became Joint Assistant Managers, Midland Railway Hotels Department, under Sir William Towle. In 1911 the brothers were associated directly with their father as Joint Managers, and on his retirement in 1914 they took over full control jointly. Towards the end of 1919 Sir Francis Towle left the Midland Railway service, and in 1921 became Managing Director. Gordon Hotels Limited, a position he held until 1936. He was at one time Resident Director of the Dorchester Hotel; and was President. International Hotel Alliance. 1935-38, and President, International Hotel Association, from 1946. During the 1914-18 war he held the rank of Lt.-Colonel in the R.A.S.C.”
“The late Francis Towle, who was Managing Director, Gordon Hotels Limited, and formerly a Joint Manager of the Midland Railway Hotels Department, left £39,221.”
[Railway Gazette International, Volume 96, p.21 & 301 - 1952]