TOWNSEND, Maurice

✟ ≠  40538 Pte 6 Bn Northamptonshire Regt. (DT 25/8/1917; ‘wounded and had both legs amputated but died of his wounds 10/8/1917’). Grave; Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium. He is also mentioned on Bamford War Memorial.  b 1892 Bretton Clough, Highlow. 1901C at Oakes Farm Highlow, 1911C; a farm labourer at Cunnliffe House, then he worked for several years as farm man for Mrs Wallwork at the ‘Anglers Rest’, Bamford. Maurice married Collette Holmes, sister of Bernard Holmes (see above). Collette’s address was Croft Cottage, Bamford in 1917. They had three children. Brother of Ellis and Geoffrey Townsend and Lottie, who married Willis Wilson of The Farm, bottom of Hathersage village Main Road. An older brother Joseph it would appear was not called up. up. Sons of Joseph & Fanny Townsend whose family had been at Bretton Clough for some 200 years, but recently (1917) of Coplow Dale Farm, Hazelbadge, Bradwell.

(Some information from Geoff Wilson, Grandson of Willis Wilson, who had ‘The Farm’ at the bottom of the Hathersage Village, now called Hathersage House and who had married Lottie Townsend, the sister).