The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Frank Mcphail
- Corporal (Promoted on 9.2.1942)
- Regimental #:
- ‘A’ Company
- Place of Birth:
- Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Frank McPhail Townsend
- Mothers's Name:
- Olivia Agnes Townsend
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Letter Carrier
- Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A8, Row D, Grave 18, Age 22.
- Selarang Camp Changi
- ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Cause of Death:
- Chronic Diarrhoea, Pellagra and Tropical Ulcers
- Place of Death:
- Khonkan 55km Hospital Camp
- Date of Death:
- Grave No. 52, Khonkan.
History of WX10797 Corporal Frank McPhail Townsend
as noted by son of Frank
Frank’s grandparents on his fathers side were James Townsend and Lily McPhail. They married and had 5 children William, Jesse, Frank, Douglas and Ormonde. When in 1914-1918 War broke out William was rejected for military service because of poor eyesight. Jesse a married woman was a qualified nurse and was engaged as such at Hollywood Hospital during the war years. She later became Matron of Hollywood Hospital. Frank and Douglas enlisted in the A.I.F. and spent 4 years overseas. Ormonde was too young for military service.
On their discharge from military service Frank and Douglas took up farming properties at Esperance , Grass Patch under the WSSS scheme.
Before the war Frank married Olivia Agnes Aileen Brown, daughter of J.R.Brown MLC. They had 2 children Verne McPhail, Allan McPhail before the war. After the war they had a further 3 children Frank McPhail, Ailsa and Ronald McPhail. The 2nd name given to the Frank Townsend boys was in honour of their Grandmother Lily McPhail. The McPhails are a well known clan in Scottish circles.
In the 2nd World War 1942- 1946 Frank Townsend’s family Verne served in A.I.F. Allan Airforce, Frank 2/4th MGB.
I was the eldest of the Frank Townsend family and left home to work in the country at an early age. I have little knowledge of Frank’s early fortunate years up until the time he joined the Army.
Height 5′ 6 1/2″
Above: newspaper October 1943
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore