Alfred John TOWNSEND


TOWNSEND, Alfred John

Service Number: 3511
Enlisted: 21 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Largs Bay, South Australia, 23 December 1897
Home Town: Largs Bay, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Service, Mouquet Farm, France, 16 August 1916, aged 18 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide Australian Harbours Board WW1 Roll of Honour, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Birkenhead WW1 Harbors Board Employees Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

21 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3511
27 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3511, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
27 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3511, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Adelaide
16 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3511, 50th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Born: 23 December 1897 in Largs Bay, South Australia
(SA Births 1842 - 1906 Book: 615 Page: 189 District: PtA.)

Father James TOWNSEND (d. January 1908 at 65 years old)
          buried in:  Cheltenham Cemetery, Cemetery,
                          Section: Section K; Drive: C; Path (#): 3(14); Site: 76C) and
Mother Margaret Townsend (nee CORNEY) (d. May 1928 at 65 years old)
          buried in: Cheltenham Cemetery, Cemetery,
                         Section: Section K; Drive: C; Path (#): 3(14); Site: 76N)

Previous service:
4 years Naval Cadets (still serving on enlisting)

Alfred last lived with his mother and siblings at Mead Street, Largs Bay, South Australia.

Described on enlisting as 18 years 1 month of age; single; 5' 7" tall; 158 lbs;
fair complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair; Church of England

21/07/1915  enlisted into WWI at Keswick, South Australia

27/07/1915  appointed to Group Base Infantry, Exhibition Camp

27/10/1915  embarked Outer Harbour, SA, onboard HMAT A24 Benalla
                   as a Private with 10th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement

26/02/1916  transferred to 50th Infantry Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir, ex Zeitoun

05/06/1916  proceeded to join British Expeditionary Forces, ex Alexandria
12/06/1916  disembarked at Marseilles, France

16/08/1916  Killed in Action in the field, Mouquet Farm, France

Noted as being buried at Mouquet Farm.

Sadly due to continual shelling, his grave was not relocated.

His name is commemorated on:
- the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
- Panel 151 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
- the South Australian Harbors Board WWI Memorial, Birkenhead, South Australia

His name is also commemorated at his mother's grave at Cheltenham Cemetery.

Medals:      1914/15 Star (4418); British War medal (22075); Victory medal (22000)
                 Memorial Plaque and Scroll (316952)

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  24/04/2017.  Lest we forget.