Horatio Alfred Townshend (5D56)

Date of Birth: 24 August 1902
Date of Death: 1959
Generation: 8th
Residence: Beckenham, Kent
Father: Horatio Baxter Townshend [5D34]
Mother: Kuhler, Alice
  1. Morris, Marjorie Frances
  1. Maurice Philip [5D65]
  2. Patricia Anne [5D66]
See Also: Table VD ; Lineage ; Ancestors' Tree ; Descendents' Tree

Notes for Horatio Alfred Townshend

Horatio was educated at Rossal School, Fleetwood, Lancs, where his Uncle Dudley Ryder Townsend [5D36] taught mathematics before the First World War.

Married 16 October 1932 in Beckenham, Kent. Marjorie was the daughter of Captain Morris.

Following articles in Edinburgh, Horatio qualified as a chartered accountant. During World War II he was commissioned into the Royal Air Force (RAF) and served as an accountant in Egypt (1). Promoted to Flt Lieut on 1 December 1941 (2) it is not known when he left the RAF though there is an entry in the London Gazette of 10 September 1954 which shows him as a "Flight Lieutenant, retaining the rank of Squadron Leader" in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Horatio died very suddenly shortly after attending his Aunt Florence's [5D41] funeral in Bournemouth. Marjorie died of cancer in 1961.

(1) "The undermentioned Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointments 9th Oct. 1940, and promoted to the war substantive rank of Flying Officer: — 12 December 1940 Horatio Alfred TOWNSHEND (75162)". - London Gazette 34769 page 165 dated 9 January 1940.

(2) London Gazette 35503 page 1395 dated 27 March 1942.