Lieut Colonel Edward Walter Townsend (6B41)

Date of Birth: 7 Aug 1912
Date of Death: viv 1975
Generation: 9th
Residence: Unknown
Father: Sir John Sealy Edward Townsend [6B30]
Mother: Lambert, Mary Georgiana
  1. Heyman, Mary Euphemia
  2. White, Stella
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Notes for Lieutenant Colonel Edward Walter Townsend

Married 1st 16 May 1940 at St Gregory's Church, Bedale. Mary Euphemia Heyman was the daughter of Brigadier FA Heyman of Newton-le-Willows Hall, Bedales, Yorkshire. Married 2nd 24 April 1947. Stella Margaret White was the daughter of PG White.

Like his brother John Henry Townsend [6B42], Edward was educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford (Shooting Blue). He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant (1) into the 4th Battalion The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (2) on 9 December 1931 having been a Cadet Sergeant in the Winchester College Officer Training Corps. Promoted Lieutenant on 9 December 1934 Edward transferred to the Royal Corps of Signals in August 1935 (3).

It is not known what Edward did during the Second World War. He was promoted Captain on 1 February 1942 (4) and Major five years later on 15 April 1947 (5). Promoted Lieutenant Colonel in August 1954 (6) and appointed Regimental Lieutenant Colonel, the Royal Signals, Edward completed his military career on 6 December 1959 (7).

Whilst it cannot be traced in the London Gazette, Edward was awarded the Order of Leopold and the Belgian Croix de Guerre.

(1) London Gazette 33778 page 7909 dated 8 December 1931.

(2) A Territorial Army Battalion and better known as 'The Ox and Bucks'.

(3) London Gazette 34194 page 5531 dated 30 August 1935.

(4) London Gazette 35442 page 546 dated 30 January 1942.

(5) London Gazette 37935 page 1763 dated 18 April 1947.

(6) London Gazette 40453 page 2185 dated 12 April 1955.

(7) London Gazette 41140 and London Gazette 41886.