Bank: London County & Westminster Bank
Place of work: London Piccadilly Circus branch
Died: 24 September 1916
Pelham Cecil Townend, also known as Cecil Pelham Townend, was born on 26 December 1891. On his 17th birthday in 1908 Townend went to work for London & County Bank. In 1909 London & County Bank merged with London & Westminster Bank and Townend became an employee of the enlarged London County & Westminster Bank. By 1914 he was working at the bank's London Piccadilly Circus branch.
From about 1910 Townend was a territorial soldier, a member of the Honourable Artillery Company. At the outbreak of war in 1914 he volunteered for overseas service, and went to France in September 1914. In November he was wounded by shrapnel in the head and knee, and invalided home. After recovering in hospital he worked at HAC headquarters.
In December 1915 he was commissioned into the London Regiment, and returned to the Western Front the following June. Second Lieutenant Townend died at a casualty clearing station in France on 24 September 1916, the day after being wounded in a raid on enemy trenches. He was 24 years old.
Pelham Townend is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest London St James & Piccadilly branch.
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