William Threlfall


b. Hollowforth, Woodplumpton, Lancs, 1862.

d. March 1888.




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The above picture (click here to enlarge) is displayed by kind permission of Hr. Hans Hell of Dresden, Germany. Hans, who is a philatelist, has generously provided copies of 1888 letter covers and stamps of mailings sent to Mrs. Helena Threlfall (nee Koch) following the death of her husband, William (b. 1862) in a drowning accident in eastern Turkey earlier that year. These letters are shown to have found their way in a complex journey from Turkey to Dresden where Mrs. Theelfall and son William, b. 1888, were living.





William Richard Maximilian Hugo Threlfall


b. 25 June 1888, Dresden, Germany.


d. Oberwolfach, Schwarzwald, 4 April 1949.


William is buried at Bergfriedhof, Heidelberg.

PhD. Universitat Leipzig, 1926.

Professor of Mathematics, University of Halle-Wittenberg, from 1933.

Professor of Mathematics, University of Frankfurt, from 1938.


William Threlfall, born in Dresden, saw service for Germany, 1915, during the First World War.

A detailed biography of William Threlfall, published by the University of St. Andrews, 2011, can be found by clicking on this link.


Helena Elizbeth Clara Koch.


b. Dresden

d. 1922.

Helena was the niece of a famous

bacteriologist and physician, Heinrich Hermann

Robert Koch (1843-1910)- click here.





Correspondence indicates that William, the father who died in a drowning accident in the River Diyala 1888, was closely connected to Mssrs. Stephen Lynch and Co. who ran steamships for trade along the Tigris River between Basra and Baghdad. The River Diyala is a tributary of the Tigris.

The Lynch company was an offshoot of the then disbanded East India Company.




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