Francis Edward Steavenson Townsend (6C33)

Date of Birth: 7 Mar 1893
Date of Death: ka 30 Sep 1916
Generation: 8th
Residence: Unknown
Father: Doctor Francis Edward Townsend [6C16]
Mother: Steavenson, Annette Theresa
Spouse: Unmarried
Issue: None
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Notes for Francis Edward Steavenson Townsend

Like his brother Arthur Eric Townsend [6C34], Francis was commissioned into the 5th Battalion the Durham Light Infantry on 4 October 1914 (1). Promoted Lieutenant in July 1915 (2) he died of shrapnel wounds to the head received in action at Abbeyville, France, on 16 September 1916. Francis' parents went to France and were by his side when he died.

At the time of his enlistment he was serving his articles as a solicitor with his uncle, Francis E Steavenson, Town Clerk of Darlington, and would have sat his final exams in six months.

There is a Durham Light Infantry memorial to him and his brother, Arthur, in Christ Church, Eston, Cleveland (Grid reference NZ550190).

(1) London Gazette 28945 page 8405 dated 20 October 1914.

(2) London Gazette 29245 page 7451 dated 27 July 1915.