The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Townsend
First Name:
Frank Mcphail
Rank:
Corporal (Promoted on 9.2.1942)
Regimental #:
WX10797
Company:
‘A’ Company
Enlisted:
15.01.1941
DOB:
15.05.1921
Place of Birth:
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Frank McPhail Townsend
Mothers's Name:
Olivia Agnes Townsend
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Letter Carrier
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A8, Row D, Grave 18, Age 22.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
POW#:
1370
Cause of Death:
Chronic Diarrhoea, Pellagra and Tropical Ulcers
Place of Death:
Khonkan 55km Hospital Camp
Date of Death:
16.08.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 52, Khonkan.

General Description

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″

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
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