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Henry John TOWNSEND

Regimental number4321
Place of birthCroydon New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address77 Holtermann Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, H E Townsend, 77 Holterman Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery while on patrol work near BROODSEINDE on the night of the 19th/20th October, 1917. The patrol being halted TOWNSEND crawled out in front to reconnoitre a suspected enemy position. At this time the enemy opened fire on the patrol which was forced to retire. TOWNSEND, however, continued to crawl forward and returned later with very valuable information. He has set a splendid example and his patrol work has been of the greatest assistance throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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