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Gunner 51954 Edward James Townsend

A Battery, 298th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Died of Wounds (Gassed), 12th General Hospital, Rouen, France and Flanders, 22nd April 1918, aged 21

  • Buried: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Roeun, Seine-Martime, France. Grave P.IX.B.7A
  • Awarded: 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals
  • Son of Thomas and Charlotte Townsend [nee Tallett]
  • NNWFHS Memorial: Nuneaton WW1 Other Regiments | Vicarage Street School

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  • Born Apr Qtr 1897 at Hinckley
  • Attended Vicarage Street School
  • Lived at 3 East Street, Rugby [1901]
  • Lived at 28 Regent Street, Nuneaton [1911]
  • Employed as an Errand Boy in the Cycle Trade [1911]
  • Employed on the Railways [1914]
  • Enlisted in 1914 at Nuneaton. Entered Theatre on 24 Sep 1915

    In Memorium by his Niece Valerie Phillips (Valerie please contact us)
    In Memory of Gunner Edward James Townsend Much loved Son of Thomas & Charlotte Townsend. He worked for the Railways before volunteering for the Army in 1914, joining the Medical Corps he later transferred to the Royal Artillery as he said he found it difficult recovering parts of his Comrades & would sooner shoot the Enemy. After being gassed in 1917 he was sent to home to recover, he wasn't obliged to go back but insisted he felt it was his duty to to fight for his Family (1 Brother & 8 Sisters) and his Country. He was gassed again in 1918 this was to be the last time. He lay dying of his wounds for six days in St Louis, U.S.A., Hospital, France and spent his 21st birthday there. My Grandmother never managed to visit his Grave but I his niece have been lucky enough to have managed to visit several times. We are eternally grateful for the Great Sacrifice he & his comrades made. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for their hard work in keeping the Cemetery immaculate.
    We loved him in life, he is dear to us still, Although we must bend to God's Holy will. The loss is great and the grief hard to bear, But angels in Heaven will attend him with care.
    Taken from WW1 Cemeteries

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