Philip Arthur Townsend (6C29)

Date of Birth: 8 Aug 1908
Date of Death: dsp 1987
Generation: 8th
Residence: Onchan, IOM.
Father: Admiral Cyril Samuel Townsend CMG [6C14]
Mother: Moseley, Mary Elizabeth
  1. Greenwood, Mary Isobel
Issue: None
See Also: Table VIC ; Lineage ; Ancestors' Tree ; Descendents' Tree

Notes for Philip Arthur Townsend

Married 28 July 1951. Mary Isobel Greenwood of Colne, Lancs.

Philip was educated at Imperial Service College, Windsor and Royal Military College Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Indian Army - 13th Frontier Force Rifles on 31 January 1930 (1). He resigned his commission on 19 October 1934 (2) and enlisted in the ranks of the Royal Air Force on 14 June 1938.

Philip served in the ranks, was promoted Corporal and commissioned Acting Pilot Officer on probation in the Administrative and Special Duties Branch of the RAF on 25 March 1941 (3). Promoted Flying Officer in March 1942 he served throughout the Second World War and retired from the service in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant (4).

Philip is the twin brother of Cyril Moseley Townsend [6C28]. He was living at The Lhen, Hague Drive, Onchan, Isle of Man when he died.

(1) London Gazette 33575 page 652 dated 31 January 1930.

(2) London Gazette 34097 page 6629 dated 19 October 1934.

(3) London Gazette 35139 page 2215 dated 18 April 1941.

(4) London Gazette40281 page 5379 dated 17 September 1954.