Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Rifleman John Townsend
7th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps
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John Townsend, the son of Thomas and Caroline, was born in 1895 in Coleshill. In 1911 Rifleman Townsend was living with his parents and siblings on Packington Lane and was working as a shop assistant. He enlisted in Birmingham into 7th battalion, Kings Royal Rifles. After being injured he was taken to Etaples hospital where he later died of his wounds on 2 September 1915 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.
In Memoriam. TOWNSEND.- In loving memory of Rifleman J. Townsend, 7th K.R.R., who was wounded in action July 29th, 1915, and died September 2nd. Not forgotten by father, mother, brothers, and sisters. He answered his duty call. His life he gave for his King and country. Now he is sleeping in peace, perfect peace. Coleshill Chronicle Saturday, September, 1917.
Coleshill Chronicle 18th September 1915 DIED FROM WOUNDS News has been received by Mr and Mrs Townsend, Packington Lane, Coleshill, of the death of their son, Rifleman J. Townsend, King’s Royal Rifles, who was wounded in the Battle of Hooge on July 29th. He died from the wounds on September 2nd. He was 20 years of age.