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Charles William Townsend

Rank: Rifleman

Lifetime: 1892- 1915

Reference: R/14115

Rifleman C W Townsend (R/14115) of the 2nd Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps died of his wounds on 11 December 1915. He is buried at the Chocques Military Cemetery. He is not listed on the Hampton Wick War Memorial but his Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry refers to him as the nephew of the Charlotte E Phillips of 25 Lindum Road, Hampton Wick which was then within the postal district of Hampton Wick.

According to the biographical information listed on the Online WW1 War Memorial for Teddington, Rifleman Townsend was born about September 1892 in South Teddington. As his mother died whilst he was still a child, his aunt, Charlotte Phillips, raised him. He was an old boy of the Hampton Wick Endowed School.

He is commemorated on the Teddington Memorial and on the war memorial in St Mark’s Church, Teddington. He also has an entry on the Online WW1 War Memorial for Teddington.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

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