John Townsend (c.1893-1916)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
John Townsend

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

TOWNSEND, JOHN. 2nd Lieutenant. 12th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. Formerly a Sergeant in the York and Lancaster Regiment. Only son of David F. and Mary Hannah Townsend, of Bradshaw Road, Honley. Educated Honley National School and Huddersfield College Higher Grade School. He then studied at Sheffield University, where he was awarded a BA degree. After holding a teaching post for a month he enlisted in the ranks of the York and Lancaster Regiment, in August, 1914. He went with his Regiment to Egypt from December, 1915, until March, 1916, when he was drafted to France. In June, 1916, he was gazetted Second Lieutenant and transferred to the West Yorkshire Regiment. He was an expert Scout and Signaller and was made Intelligence Officer. Killed in action on 14.7.1916 at Bazentin-le-Grand, during the Battle of the Somme. He was 23 years of age. Has no known grave. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
ROH:- Honley War Memorial.