Albert Edward Townsend

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Private

Service No:           19964

Unit:                     1st Bn. Wiltshire Regiment

Albert was born in Bristol 1884 he was the 3rd child of George & Maria Townsend. Albert’s father was a gas stoker & in 1891 the family were living at 1 Clegg Street, St Georges East, London. By 1901 the family had returned to Bristol and were living in Barton Hill. During 1908 Albert married Louisa Milsom and in 1911 he is living with her at 4 Hudds Vale Road St George, Albert was a Gas Stove repairer, they had no children.

The 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment were in their Tidworth barracks at the outbreak of the war August 1914, Under the command of 7th Brigade in 3rd Division.On 14 August 1914 the division  landed at Rouen .On 18 October 1915 were transferred with the Brigade to 25th Division.

This Division was established in September 1914 as part of Army Order 388 authorising Kitchener's Third New Army, K3. The units of the Division began to assemble in the area of Salisbury. Early days were somewhat chaotic, the new volunteers having very few trained officers and NCOs to command them, no organised billets or equipment. Inspected by Lord Kitchener on 12 August 1915, the units of the Division crossed to France 25 - 30 September and concentrated in the area of Nieppe. The 25th Division thereafter served on the Western Front throughout the war, except for a period in 1918 when it underwent a major refit and reorganisation.

Private Albert Edward Townsend was killed in action on 3rd September 1916. He has no known grave and is Remembered with Honour on the Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 13A.

Image by D R Crew.

 Albert would have been entitled to the 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal & Victory Medal, it is not known if these were claimed by his widow Louisa.

 

 References 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Long Long Trail

UK Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects 1901-1929

1891,1901 & 1911 census.