Louis Henry Townsend, also known as Henry, was born in the spring of 1881 in Leytonstone, Essex.
Much of Louis’ life remains elusive, he first appears on the census in 1911, and from this we know that he married Florence Annie Ridley (known as Annie) in December 1906. The couple had three children, Thomas, Florence and George.
Louis’ marriage record suggests his father’s name was Thomas Clark, although he also remains a bit of a mystery.
Again, Louis’ military service appears lost to time. He enlisted in the Lincolnshire Regiment, and fought on the Western Front.
The Western Chronicle (26th March 1915) confirms that Corporal Townsend was brought to the Greenhill Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital in Sherborne, suffering from “a shot through the brain, and from the first was in an extremely precarious condition”.
Louis passed away from his wounds on 20th March 1915, aged 34. He lies at rest in Sherborne Cemetery.