Lt Col Will Townend RIP

#1
Lietenant Colonel Will Townend the secretary of the Royal Artillery Historical Society died on Tuesday after a shoirt illness. There is a family funeral next week and a memorial service at Larkhill Church in May.

Will Townend has spent the last decades serving the Gunners, our history and heritage. He always seemed extraordinarialy helpful and generous with his time. If anyone wanted infromation about Gunner history he would help.
 

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#3
This is very sad

Colonel Will was a lovely man and I know he was looking forward to his retirement.

My condolences to his family.
 
#5
I last spoke to him around Christmas time when he was telling me about the book he was writing, re the gunners involvment on D day and beyond, did he ever get to finish it?
My thoughts are with his wife and Frances his daughter.

If somebody could PM his address I would like to send a card of condolences to his wife.
 
#8
Condolences to his family...Col Townend was kind enough to put me right whilst researching my Bty history. He was an old Talaveran and guided me in the right direction, even though i was giving him a hard time about RAHS membership. A true gentleman and definitely a Gunner scholar...RIP.
 
#9
Knew Will. He was an ornament to the GBG and the Royal Regiment. I think he thought Op Telic was arranged so he could view the Mesopotamian battlefields at his leisure!

Very sad news.
 
#10
Henry_Tombs said:
I last spoke to him around Christmas time when he was telling me about the book he was writing, re the gunners involvment on D day and beyond, did he ever get to finish it?
My thoughts are with his wife and Frances his daughter.

If somebody could PM his address I would like to send a card of condolences to his wife.
Not to my knowldge.

If there is anyone out there who is interested in collaborating on some of the projects he was working on I'd be happy to work with them to see if we can finish some of them.

I'd like to see for the Regiment (and Will)

- The 21 Army Group Gunner orbat
- The 1st day of the Somme fire plan.

These are worthwhile projects that do not deserve to be laid to rest with Will.
 
#11
A wonderful man and a true gentleman. One of the few who genuinely combined superb intellect with superb leadership. He was my CO when I was a young UOTC cadet. He will always be fondly remembered by the Blue Contemtibles of the mid-90s vintage.

Rest in Peace Sir
 
#12
Colonel Wills memorial service will be on 1st July at Larkhill Garrison Church at 2.15pm.

I saw sight of his laptop today when Felicity (one of his twin daughters) came to see me regarding this picture of him, the screen saver was a World War II image of a 25 Pdr and limber firing at night, exactly what I would have expected of the man!
 

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#14
Very sad news. I did a battlefield tour with Col. Townend and my grandfather when I was 16. Had a brilliant time and learnt a lot from him over those few days. It was great to meet someone with such a passion for regimental history.

RIP
 
#15
Number36 said:
Very sad news. I did a battlefield tour with Col. Townend and my grandfather when I was 16. Had a brilliant time and learnt a lot from him over those few days. It was great to meet someone with such a passion for regimental history.

RIP
Seconded, he will be, dare I say it, almost impossible to replace, although I understand there is a candidate under consideration as the next secretary of the RAHS.
 
#16
As an old soldier I knew Col Will when he was a 2nd Lt in 54 Bty, 25 Regt .
I was a Tara Sgt, and one of his many 'Tutors'. He was then a gentleman and a fair man who knew how to treat his men.

RIP
 
#17
blackrat1299 said:
As an old soldier I knew Col Will when he was a 2nd Lt in 54 Bty, 25 Regt .
I was a Tara Sgt, and one of his many 'Tutors'. He was then a gentleman and a fair man who knew how to treat his men.

RIP
I worthy epitaph for any officer.

His memorial service did him justice and your comments were echoed by at leats one of his brother officers from 25.
 
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