Townsend, Arthur Hugh

He was the third and youngest son of Charles Lucas Townsend, a solicitor, of Norton House, Elton, Stockton-on-Tees. His mother was Ivy Townsend, the daughter of William Kirk. He came to Winchester from Horris Hill to follow his brothers Peter Norton Townsend (E1923-1928) and David Charles Humphrey Townsend (I1925-1931) in September 1929.

He had the family reputation as a bowler (both his brothers played for Lords), and developed later into a really good batsman.  The year he got into Lords he won the Headmaster’s Prize for Natural History, and was also a keen philatelist.    He was a fine rifle shot and was in the winning Country Life team of 1934.

On leaving school he went straight into business in Bristol with the firm of his family’s friends, Messrs. E.S. & A. Robinson Ltd., Printers. He was interested and successful in the business, and was working in Hampshire when the war started. He joined the Civil Air Guard first, and was in the final stage of his training as a pilot (RAFVR) when he was killed at the age of twenty-four, through engine failure, in a night-flying crash over Woodstock in September 1940. From the records of training accidents at the time, it seems likely that he was killed whilst flying Harvard I N7165 of No.15 SFTS (Service Flying Training School), which crashed that night whilst on approach to Kidlington airfield.

He is buried in Woodstock Cemetery (grave I.2).


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Townsend
  • Forenames or initials: Arthur Hugh
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1929-1934
  • Rank: Leading Aircraftsman
  • Regiment: RAF Volunteer Reserve
  • Date of Birth: 26th February 1916
  • Date of Death: 29th September 1940
  • How Died: Killed on Active Service
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner G1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Woodstock Cemetery, Oxford: Grave 1.2