Percy Dalrymple Townsend (5B31)

Date of Birth: 1891
Date of Death: 1978
Generation: 8th
Residence: Kenya & South Africa
Father: Charles Eyre Coote Townsend [5B14]
Mother: Billing, Ida
Spouse:
  1. Partridge, Doris
Issue:
  1. Veronica Jyll [5B58]
  2. Veronica Jyll [5B58]
See Also: Table VB ; Scrapbook ; Lineage ; Ancestors' Tree ; Descendents' Tree

Notes for Percy Dalrymple Townsend

Percy was born at Mount Coote. The name Dalrymple derives from his great great grandfather - Thomas Dalrymple, an attorney in Dublin, who died in 1779.

Educated at Sherborne School in Dorset, Percy served in First World War in the Royal Artillery (1). After the war he emigrated to Kenya and, with his brother, Herbert Eyre Dalrymple Townsend [5B30], farmed at Kitale. Records in the CRB Africa Group in Nairobi show that the brothers farmed in Njoro with Percy specifically at the "Thurlestone Estate". The records also show a "GM Townsend" farming at Nakuru and at Kitale - presumably George Marsden Townshend [5D30] who previously worked for the Indian Forestry Service but lost a leg when he was attacked by a tiger - and a "PPA Townsend" at Hawks West Farm; this would have been Patrick Philip Achilles Townshend [6A50] who was a coffee planter whose wife died at Kitale in 1939.

Herbert returned to the UK sometime between 1931 and 1934 but Percy remained in Kenya until about 1950, at the time of the Mau Mau rising, when went to South Africa where he died.

(1) Probationary 2/Lt 27 February 1915 - London Gazette 29084. 2/Lt 2 May 1916 - London Gazette 29564. Lieut 27 November 1915 - London Gazette30206