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Deaths in Service - World Wars I and II

view504sdCollected information about the British and Commonwealth members of the Townsley families that died in the First and Second World Wars. The members of other Townsley families around the world also served and died but are beyond the scope of this study.

For details of the medals awarded to UK Townsley familes in World War I see the Medals WW1 page

From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Soldiers who Died in the First World War" CD-ROM and personal research.

World War I

First Names

Date of Death

Regiment

Number

Age

Notes

Memorial

A

10 Aug 1921

Royal Army Service Corps

T/40985

39

Parents: R & Jane, Aberdeen. Wife: Charlotte, Berwick. Thought to be Ambrose (b 1881 Aberdeen) son of Robert & Jane.

Berwick St Mary War Memorial (South African Campaign)

Alfred Bean

17 Jul 1917

West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales's Own)

265046 or 265040

27

Parents: John Howgate & Sarah Ellen, Leeds. Wife: Rebecca, Leeds. Brother of John Charles (see below)

Arras, France

Ambrose

20 Sep 1917

Northumberland Fusiliers

291148

17?

Born: Gateshead? Enlisted: Alnwick

Tyne Cot, Ypres & Berwick St Mary War Memorial

Andrew

7 Jul 1921

Australian Engineers

10902

-

-

Brisbane, Australia

Anthony

18 Apr 1917

Highland Light Infantry

5842

21 or 27?

Born: Stenhousemuir Enlisted: Stirling. Possible son of John and Mary Townsley?

Cayeaux, France

Arthur

5 May 1915

Duke of Wellington's (West Yorkshire)

11230

44

Father: Frank. Wife: Margaret, Bramley, Leeds Born: Bingley

Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
Bradshaw War Memorial Calderdale

Arthur

28 Mar 1918

Northumberland Fusiliers

41896 & 32660

33

Parents: William & Jane, Leeds. Wife: Annie, Leeds Born: Wakefield

Pozieres, Albert, France

Arthur

8 Aug 1918 or 20 Sep 1918

The King's (Liverpool)

94181

19

Parents: David & Catherine. Born: Swansea

Cologne Southern, Germany

Bryan Hill

14 Sep 1916

West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales's Own)

-

-

Thought to be a son (b 1894) of Richard Herbert Townsley of Headingley, Leeds
Also under Canadian Expeditionary Force

Thiepval, Somme, France
St Michael, Headingley
Leeds Grammar School

Charles

23 Aug 1918

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

S/17318

30

Parents: John & Bella. Wife: Bella Williamson, Campbeltown, Argyll. Age also recorded as 24.

Vis-en-Artois, France

Ernest

3 May 1917

West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales's Own)

32924

-

Born: Leeds

Arras, France

Ernest Arthur

10 Oct 1916

West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales's Own)

13930

23

Father: B, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland Born: Cawood. Parents thought to be Benjamin & Phoebe.

Thiepval, Albert, France

Frank J

19 Aug 1917

Worcestershire

235181

39?

Born: Shipley

St Jean les Ypres, France
Christ Church, Windhill

George

9 Oct 1917

West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales's Own)

34452

26

Parents: William & Mary Jane. Wife: Mary, Selby Born: North Duffield. Thought to be brother of William (see below)

Tyne Cot, Ypres, Belgium
Skipwith War Memorial

George Robert

26 Aug 1917

South Lancashire

36877

25?

Mother: Frances, Brotherton

Baghdad, Iraq

Hugh Dorsey

28 Sep 1918

Canadian Infantry (Alberta)

808222

22

Parents: Hugh & Ella of La Belle, Florida and Illinois, USA
Born: Orlando, Oklahoma, USA; son of Hugh M and Ella M (US citizens)

Vimy, France

H A

14 Oct 1918

Royal Air Force

-

-

NoK: Headingley, Leeds. Probably Herbert Alan (b 1892), brother of Bryan Hill (see above)

Dadizeele, Ypres, Belgium
St Michael, Headingley
Leeds Grammar School

John

16 Nov 1915

Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

16196

 

Born: Longforgan Enlisted: Perth

Zillebeke, Ypres, Belgium

John Charles

31 Mar 1918

West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales's Own)

202902

22

Parents: John Howgate & Sarah Ellen, Leeds. Brother of Alfred Bean (see above)

Martinsart, France

Joseph

02 Mar 1916

Duke of Wellington's (West Yorkshire)

11499

-

Born: Leeds

Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Moses

12 Jul 1915

King's Own Scottish Borderers

4519

26

Father: Thomas, Coldstream. Wife: Margaret E W, Coldstream Born: Tweedmouth

Gallipoli & Berwick St Mary War Memorial

Richard

16 May 1916

Lancashire Fusiliers

7276

21

Parents: Amos & Mary Ellen, Burnley. Born: Brierfield

Ecoivres, Mont St Eloy, France

Richard Smithies

18 Sep 1918

Lincolnshire

49478

20

Parents: Robert & Jane, Leeds

Gouzeaucourt, France

Robert

13 Jul 1916

West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales's Own)

4/8292

22

Parents: Robert & Margaret, Jarrow

St Sever, Rouen, France
Crofton War Memorial?

Thomas

29 Apr 1917

Royal Berkshire

33725 & 174090

22

Parents: John & Elizabeth, Inverness

Arras, France

Walter

11 Apr 1917

Duke of Wellington's (West Yorkshire)

24951

36

Parents: George & Ann. Wife: Emma, Shipley Enlisted: Keighley

Roeux, France
St Paul, Shipley

William

18 Apr 1917

Highland Light Infantry
King's Own Scottish Borderers

42237
7529

abt 37

Wife: Christiana (nee Johnston) - married 1904, Coldstream. Born: Tweedmouth

Peronne, France
Berwick St Mary War Memorial

William

18 Mar 1918

Royal Garrison Artillery

69108 or 59108

-

Born: North Duffield, Yorkshire Enlisted: Holborn, Middlesex. Thought to be brother of George with parents William & Mary Jane (see above)

Baghdad, Iraq
Skipwith War Memorial

William Osbourne

15 Aug 1917

Canadian Infantry (Quebec)

1054561

22

Parents: Alexander & Mary

Vimy, France

Willie

1 Jun 1918

King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

18734

22

Parents: Arthur & Annette, Batley. Born: Bradford Enlisted: Dewsbury

Etaples, France
Batley War Memorial
(Panel 11)

World War II

First Names

Date of Death

Regiment

Number

Age

Notes

Memorial

Andrew

21 Oct 1944

Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

2757812

24

Parents: Duncan & Betsy, Blairgowrie

Coriano Ridge, Italy

Alan

17 Apr 1944

Royal Airforce Volunteer Reserve

2202697

19

Parents: Thomas & Doris May, Leeds

Runnymede

Ambrose

26 Jun 1944

Royal Northumberland Fusiliers

4265967

35

Parents: Ambrose & Jean, Berwick

Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Alan Ronald

29 Mar 1945

148th (The Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery

-

24

Parents: William Allen & Elizabeth Lilian, Vancouver. Wife: Helen Ruth, London

Groesbeek, Rhineland

Charles

17 Sep 1944

Seaforth Highlanders of Canada

K/52269

38

Parents: George & Hannah, Andover, New Brunswick

Coriano Ridge, Italy &
Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, Canada

Duncan Peter Baynes

27 Jan 1945

Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

2760607

31

Possible link to Alexander & Annie Townsley of Rattray. Death registered Kilmarmock

Rattray, Perthshire, Scotland

Francis William

7 Jun 1944

Canadian Scottish Regiment, RCIC

K/57736

36

Parents: William & Rachel. Wife: Mary, British Columbia

Beny-sur-Mer, Reviers, France

George

4 May 1941

Kenya Regiment

LF/1074

-

Not traced - need age and / or place of birth (British)

Nairobi, Kenya

George Rankine

21 Jan 1943

Seaforth Highlanders

2829155

-

Thought to be a son (b 1923) of Archibald & Mary, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire

Tripoli, Libya

Harold Linton

7 Jan 1942

Home Guard

-

-

Probably born 1900; son of Albert Edward & Alice (nee Linton) who also served in WW I

Nab Wood, Shipley, Yorkshire

Joseph

19 Dec 1941

Merchant Navy

SS Ruckinge (Cardiff)

19

Thought to be born 20 Feb 1922, Ardrossan. Possibly son of Thomas & Helen

Tower Hill, London
Ardrossan Garden of Remembrance

John

10 May 1940

Royal Air Force

552526

18

Son of Arthur Eben Townsley and Margaret Helen Townsley (nee Hanlon) of Kelton, Dumfriesshire

Jonkerbos, Netherlands

R

-

Royal Air Force ?

-

-

Appears on a Emley War Memorial transcription but another transcription gives surname as Townsend. Other sources list F/Sgt Ralph Townsend as KIA on 16/17 June 1944

-

Robert

22 Oct 1946

Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

2827481

-

Thought to be a son (b 1913) of Robert & Mary

Renfrew, Scotland

Reginald James

7 Jan 1944

Royal Navy (HMS Tweed)

P/MX 70786

28

Parents: William J & Mary J, Fulham

Portsmouth, Hampshire

William

24 Nov 1940

Royal Scots Fusiliers

D/34690

51

Parents: William & Elizabeth, Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock, Scotland

 

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