Andover Advertiser 13th December 1918
WELL WON HONOURS. – Captain W.R. Tovani. M.C. elder son of Rev. W.T. Tovani vicar of Hurstbourne Priors, with St Mary Bourne, has been awarded a bar to his Military Cross. He has also been appointed Lecturer of Modern history and Literature at the First Army School, B.E.F. France, and is graded as a Staff Captain. He received his commission in the 7th Battalion the Black Watch (Fifeshire Territorials) a few weeks before he graduated M.A. at St Andrew’s University in July 1915, being then placed first in the first division in Modern History, and received the special University Medal. He was in the 7th Battalion until the end of the fighting at Beaumont Hamel, 1916, and with the 9th Battalion when severely wounded at Frezenberg in July, 1917, winning his M.C. at that time. At the severe fighting 24th, 25th and 26th October last he commanded a company of the 6th Battalion Black Watch, winning then his bar to his M.C. He has therefore had all his fighting experience in the famous 51st Division. His many friends are pleased that he has been spared to receive war honours, and congratulate him on his present appointment. His younger brother Captain L.C. Tovani, Loyal North Lancs. Regiment, was one of General Shea’s aides-de-camp when Jerusalem was taken, and for some time was Adjutant at Mustapha, Egypt.