John Jenkins TOWNSON


TOWNSON, John Jenkins

Service Number: 5200
Enlisted: 20 November 1915, Cairns, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 47th Infantry Battalion
Born: Reedy Creek, Victoria, 1880
Home Town: Reedy Creek, Mitchell, Victoria
Schooling: Reedy Creek State School
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Passchendaele, Belgium, 12 October 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Broadford War Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)*
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World War 1 Service

20 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Cairns, Queensland
31 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5200, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5200, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of Victoria, Sydney
12 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5200, 47th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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"...5200 Private John Jenkins Townson, 15th Battalion. A clerk from Cairns, Queensland prior to enlistment, Pte Townson embarked with the 16th Reinforcements from Sydney on HMAT Star of Victoria on 31 March 1916. Later transferring to the 47th Battalion, he was killed in action at Passchendaele, Belgium on 12 October 1917, aged 36, and was buried near where he fell. Following the Armistice, his grave could not be located and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium." - SOURCE (