Service Number: 1220
Enlisted: 16 September 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mount Torrens, South Australia, 15 November 1888
Home Town: Lameroo, Southern Mallee, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in action, France, 30 August 1916, aged 27 years
Cemetery: London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval
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World War 1 Service

16 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1220, 16th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1220, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
30 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1220, 16th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Cpl. F. Townsend, who was killed in action on August 30, 1916, was born at Mount Torrens on November 15, 1888. Prior to enlisting he was engaged in farming in the Lameroo district. The deceased soldier took a keen interest in all church matters, and was for some time a Sunday school superintendent. He served through the Gallipoli campaign, where he was twice wounded, and was one of the few bandsmen who played farewell to Anzac on December 18. He eventually proceeded to France with his battalion. The deceased was of a genial disposition, and had many friends." - from the Adelaide Observer 14 Oct 1916 (