Brevet Major Richard Samuel Hungerford Townshend (6A27)

Date of Birth: 12 Dec 1888
Date of Death: 23 Aug 1966
Generation: 7th
Residence: Merstham, Surrey
Father: Thomas Achilles Townsend [6A14]
Mother: Carmichael, Eveline Victoria
Spouse:
  1. Not Known, Gladys
Issue: None
See Also: Table VIA ; Lineage ; Ancestors' Tree ; Descendents' Tree

Notes for Brevet Major Richard Samuel Hungerford Townshend

Richard was commissioned into the 3rd Battalion, The Leicestershire Regiment (a Militia unit) on 12 January 1907 (1) and was promoted Lieutenant a year later. The battalion, having completed the prescribed period of training, was transferred to the Army Reserve and the Officers were transferred to the Special Reserve of Officers on 28 July 1908 (2).

Whilst there is no traceable record in the London Gazette, Richard re-joined the army in about 1910 for he is shown in the Gazette as being promoted to Lieutenant in the North Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's) on 12 February 1911 (3). Seconded for service with the Army Pay Department in September 1912 (4), this transfer was confirmed as permanent in 1914 (5). It is not known what Richard did during the First World War but he was promoted Captain on 6 January 1917 (6) and retired on 17 March 1926 (7).

Richard must have re-joined the army on the outbreak of the Second World War for he was promoted Brevet Major on 8 November 1939 (8) when he would have been 51. He finally retired on 27 October 1946 when he was shown as a "War Subs Staff Paymr 2nd Cl" (9).

Burke's Irish Family Records show Richard as a professional conjuror!

(1) London Gazette 27994 page 966 dated 12 February 1907.

(2) London Gazette 28162 pages 5533 and 5535 dated 28 July 1908.

(3) London Gazette 28496 page 3819 dated 19 May 1911.

(4) London Gazette 28657 page 7865 dated 25 October 1912.

(5) London Gazette 28849 page 5451 dated 14 July 1914.

(6) London Gazette 33155 page 2862 dated 27 April 1926.

(7) London Gazette 33142 page 1920 dated 16 March 1926.

(8) London Gazette 34988 pagfe 6480 dated 8 November 1940.

(9) London Gazette 38375 page 4430 dated 6 August 1948.