|Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)||8469||2nd Battalion|
Ezra was born in Exton, Rutland during 1884, the son of Amos and Margaret Townsend. By 1911 he had moved to work as an agricultural labourer in Wingerworth, then on August 3rd 1912 he married Alice Housley from Crich. He was a 28 year old labourer (father Amos Townsend) , living at Market Place, Crich.
Ezra had two brothers, Charles and Thomas Townsend, who were killed during the war. Charles served with the Lincolnshire Regiment (3474) and was killed at Vimy Ridge on 19 April 1916. Thomas also served with the Lincolns (3623) and was killed during the Battle of Arras in April 1917. They are both remembered on the War Memorial in their home town of Corby. Ezra's two other brothers, Amos and Frank, also served but survived the hostilities.
He enlisted at Derby on 10 October 1902 aged 19 years and six months; workng as a baker. He was serving with the 4th Battalion Derbyshire Regiment Militia. Occupation a baker. Height 5ft 5½; weight 135 lb, brown eyes and hair. He was mobilized at Derby 5 August 1914 and discharged 9 October 1915 on the termination of his period on engagement after serving 13 years. Father Amos, Mother Mary, Brothers Thomas, & Charles. Married Alice Housely of Crich on 3/8/12 at St Mary's Church, Crich.
1939 Register: East View, the Common, Crich
Ezra Townsend b.3 April 1884; County Council lengthsman
Alice Townsend b.4 November 1880
James Townsend b.13 July 1920; dyer
RG12 piece 2548 folio 32 page 34
RG13 piece 3014 folio 33 page 17
1911: Lydgate Farm, Wingerworth
|Ezra||Townsends||servant||30||Cowman on farm||Exton|
RG14PN21083 RG78PN1257 RD438 SD2 ED4 SN24