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Cornelius James TOWNSEND

Regimental number1781
Place of birthPerth, Western Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationClerk
Address162 Chelmsford Road, North Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 6.25"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Townsend, 162 Chelmsford Road, North Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 January 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 14 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1916
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Francis John and Mary TOWNSEND. Plaque in Western Australia Garden of Remembrance.
Discharge date2 October 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Taken on strength of 12th Bn, Gallipoli, 26 May 1915.

Wounded in action at Lone Pine, 7 August 1915; admitted to No 3 Field Ambulance, Anzac, 7 August 1915 (gunshot wound, neck); transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Anzac, 7 August 1915 (gunshot wound, neck and spine); disembarked Alexandria, 11 August 1915; to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis (bomb wound, neck), 12 August 1915; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 12 August 1915; to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 14 August 1915; to Helouan Convalescent Depot, 12 November 1915; to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 21 March 1916.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board, HT 'Kanowna', 11 May 1916; disembarked, 15 June 1916; discharged (wounded: bound wound, neck, and weakness of legs), 2 October 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death9 October 1929
Age at death37
Place of burialRoman Catholic Cemetery, Karrakatta, Western Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, TOWNSEND Cornelius James

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