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The Townend Connection

As per the genealogical tree depicted on pp 68-69 of

The Kaulbacks, Lt Col R J A (Bill) Kaulback DSO MA FRGS, published privately, 1979

with appropriate amendments and extensions as supplied by my wife Sonia. Please note that familiar names are used rather than given names, where appropriate – but in some cases it isn't clear whether a name is given or familiar anyway!

I have also made extensive use of the Townend family history compiled by Sir Harry Townend in 1961, and the accompanying family tree which was evidently extended to the mid-1990's by other members of the family following his death in 1976.

  • Click here to connect with Simeon Townend b 1680, labelled as (D) in the family tree,
  • and with Rev Joseph Townend b 1806, asterisked in the family tree
  • And here to connect with Thomas Townend b 1789, labelled (P) in the family tree

I'm very grateful to Dr Hugh Townend for these additional links.

Please note also that I've (temporarily at least) included dates of birth and death, where available from Sir Harry's history and/or tree, and that I've only included the bare minimum of Kaulback information, which is compiled exhaustively in the Kaulback Connection.

I'd also like to acknowledge Helen Thornton's deeply impressive ongoing archive of Townend family correspondence, from which I've corrected a number of embarrassing mistakes on my part in the table below, and continue to enjoy such a fascinating insight into family life during the pre-war colonial era in India.

#IndividualSpouse / PartnerFamily
‑3Rev Alfred John Townend
(3 Jul 1839 –
3 May 1911)


Portrait 2

Portrait 3

Bout-de-Ville Times

Townend Residences
Julia Alice Bradshaw
(d 2 Aug 1872, Bangor NI, bathing accident)
(m 9 Nov 1871)
Margaret Wiseman Stairs
(26 Mar 1853 –
23 Sep 1914)
(m 16 Jun 1880)

William (Willie, Bill) Townend
(27 Jul 1881 –
Feb 1962)

Alfred (Barney, Parp, Polly) Bernard Stairs Townend
(5 Oct 1882 –
25 Sep 1959)

Alice (Arla) Mary Townend
(18 Dec 1883 –
12 Mar 1982)

Francis (Fanter, Frank) Whitchurch Townend
(10 Jul 1885 –
29 Mar 1915)

Herbert (Toto) Patrick Victor Townend
(11 Mar 1887 –
23 Dec 1950)

Roy Duncan Morrow Townend
(31 Jan 1889 –

Margaret Susan (Susie) Catherine Townend
(27 May 1890 –
19 Jan 1973)

Harry Douglas (HD) Townend
(29 Dec 1891 –
9 Jan 1976)

Gerald Arthur Townend
(3 Oct 1893 –
1 or 4 Oct 1941)
‑2Bill Townend
(27 Jul 1881 –
Feb 1962)
Irene (Rene) Ellam
(m 29 May 1915)
‑2Barney Townend
(5 Oct 1882 –
25 Sep 1959)
Grace Carina (Aunt) Bevington
(b 1888)
(m 25 Sep 1912)
Ruth Margaret (Peggy) Townend
(1913 –

Cecil Joyce (Joey) Townend
(28 Nov 1915 –
14 Dec 2000)

Gavin Townend
(Sep 1919 –
20 Mar 2010)
‑2Alice Townend
(18 Dec 1883 –
12 Mar 1982)
Henry (Harry) Kaulback
(b 1880)
(m 3 Apr 1907)
Ronald (Ron) Kaulback

Roy (Bill) Kaulback
‑2Frank Townend
(10 Jul 1885 –
12 Mar 1915)
‑2Herbert Townend
(11 Mar 1887 –
23 Dec 1950)
Lettice (Joan) Bevington
(b 1892)
Richard (Dickie) F Townend1,  2
(1917 –
9 Aug 1942)

Annette Magda Townend
(b 1919)

Rosemary (Romey) Joan Townend
(b 1923)
‑2Roy Townend
(31 Jan 1889 –
Eleanor West
(b 1903)
Francis William Philip (Pip) Townend
(b 1931)

Helen Mary Townend
(1941 - 14 Jun 2023)


Hugh Edward Townend
(b 1944)
‑2Susie Townend
(27 May 1890 –
19 Jan 1973)
Gerald McCowen  
William (Billy) Green George Green
(b 1923)

John Green
(b 1926)
‑2Sir Harry Townend
(29 Dec 1891 –
9 Jan 1976)

Winifred (Winsome) Edwards
(m 15 Jul 1925)
John Bertram Townend
(1929 –

Charlotte Rose Townend
(b 1933)
‑2Gerald Townend
(3 Oct 1893 –
1 or 4 Oct 1941)
Joyce Buchanan
‑1Peggy Townend
(1913 –
Mike Pringle Kate Pringle
(b 1945)

Harriet Pringle
(b 1948)
‑1Joyce Townend
(28 Nov 1915 –
14 Dec 2000)
Frank Marmoy
(m 1939)
Josephine (Jo) Marmoy
(b 1941)

Gavin Frank Marmoy
(13 Sep 1945 –
8 Dec 2008)

‑1Prof Gavin Townend
(Sep 1919 –
20 Mar 2010)
Elspeth Cottle
(d 2000)
Julia Townend
(b 1958)
Elizabeth Still
(d 2007)
‑1Ronald Kaulback Audrey Howard Sonia Elizabeth Kaulback
(b 1941)

Susan (Susie) Georgina Kaulback
(b 1942)

Bryan Henry Kaulback
(b 1948)

Peter John Kaulback
(b 1948, twin)
Joyce Woolley  
‑1Bill Kaulback Violet Pears Carolyn (Canni) Kaulback

William (Willie) Kaulback
Fenja Beltsikov Jalik Kaulback

Roy Kaulback
‑1Annette Townend
(b 1919)
Leonard Arculus Helen Arculus
(b 1947)

Richard Arculus
(b 1949)

Margaret (Miggy) Arculus
(b 1951)
‑1Romey Townend
(b 1923)
Ogden Turner James Turner
(1954 –

Joan Turner
(b 1950)
Otto —
‑1Pip Townend
(b 1931)
Meg Cross William Townend
(b 1959)

Mary Townend
(b 1960)

Alice Townend
(b 1962)

Peter Townend
(b 1964)
‑1Dr Hugh Townend
(b 1944)
Marion Tulloch
(b 1946)
John Townend
(b 12 Dec 1972)
= Erica Crouch

Thomas Townend
(b 20 Jan 1976)
= Katherine Foulds

Andrew Townend
(b 19 Sep 1978)
= Yvonne Davidis

Oliver Townend
(b 1 Dec 1982)
= Catherine Eddy
‑1George Green
(b 1923)
Marian Richards Andrew Green
(b 1956)

Ruth Green
(b 1959)
‑1John Green
(b 1926)
Ninette Swan Susan (Susie) Green
(b 1953)

Christopher Green
(b 1956)
‑1Charlotte Rose Townend
(b 1933)

Wedding portrait
Baron Georges de Serdici
(b 1920)
Simona de Serdici
0Kate Pringle
(b 1945)
Brian Thorogood Lisa Thorogood
(b 1975)

Hannah Thorogood
(b 1978)
0Harriet Pringle
(b 1948)
Richard Cripps Thomas Cripps
(b 1979)

Oliver Cripps
(b 1982)

Joanna Cripps
(b 1985)
0Julia Townend
(b 1958)
Eric Booth Theo Booth

Sophie Booth
0Helen Arculus
(b 1947)
Alan Thornton Rosie Thornton

Thomas Thornton

Daisy Thornton
0Richard Arculus
(b 1949)
Patricia Morton Stephen Arculus

Jennifer Arculus
0Margaret (Miggy) Arculus
(b 1951)
Lloyd Yu Harry Yu

Eleanor Yu
0Joan Turner
(b 1950)
Brian Hutton Kirk Hutton

Christopher Hutton

Brian Hutton
0William Townend
(b 1959)
Deborah Stevensen Alice Townend
(stillborn, 1994)

Nellie, Anna, Laura Townend
(triplets 23 Jun 1996)
0Mary Townend
(b 1960)
Maurice O'Brien Ben O'Brien
(b 13 Jun 1985)

Charlotte O'Brien
(b 16 May 1987)

James O'Brien
(b 1 Jan 1989)

Julia O'Brien
(b 21 May 1990)

Elizabeth O'Brien
(b 1993)
0Alice Townend
(b 1962)
Jeff / Geoff Comber Emma Comber
(b 13 Jun 1988)

Matthew Comber
(b 25 Sep 1990)
0Peter Townend
(b 1964)
Treffery Barnett Briannah Townend
(1 Jan 1994 –

Bryn Townend
(b 1997)

Shaelyn Townend

Rowan Rose Townend
0Andrew Green
(b 1956)
Melody Woods  
0Ruth Green
(b 1959)
Mike Bartlett  
0Susie Green
(b 1953)
Donald Cruikshank Daniel Cruikshank
(b 1990)

Jonathan Cruikshank
(b 1990?)
0Christopher Green
(b 1956)
Sarah Hayes Tom Green
(b 1979)

Stephanie Green
(b 1981)

Matthew Green
(b 1983)

Philip Green
(b 1988)

For biographical profiles of the Rev Alfred Townend and his seven sons, taken from The Kaulbacks please click pp 70-71 and 72-73.

Of greatest immediate interest amongst these distinguished offspring were

  • Bill Townend, who was at school with P G Wodehouse. They remained lifelong friends (see for example the copious references to Bill in Robert McCrum's recent biography Wodehouse: a life, Viking, 2004). Bill himself was perhaps not so talented or successful as PG, who nevertheless always ensured that their relations were on an equal footing.

  • Frank Townend, frequently mentioned in his elder sister Alice's early Random Recollections, and in the article Evidence for an Afterlife (see Alice Townend for both these links) relating to his death from terrible injuries in the First World War, as described in the following section. Click here for additional biographical details.

  • Herbert Townend, ICE1,  2 blessed with great intellect and sporting ability, one of the so-called "Heaven Born" of the ICS, as Rural Development Commissioner in Bengal (maybe some contact with Peter Hately Waddell). Possibly of even greater interest today are his wife Joan Bevington's letters in the archive mentioned above.

  • Harry Townend, an eminent trading magnate and chairman of the Shaw Wallace Group, a huge trading and manufacturing conglomerate. His account of its history, A History of Shaw Wallace [etc.] by Sir Harry Townend, Sree Saraswaty Press, Calcutta, 1965, was definitive and well-received: see www.koi-hai.com/Default.aspx?id=502870 (or click here for a local copy).

Sons receive a much greater degree of attention throughout The Kaulbacks than do daughters or indeed wives or sisters, and of course this can be understood in terms of the genealogical process itself and indeed the whole tenor of pre-feminist thinking. This is no reflection on Bill Kaulback himself, as we are all imbued with the zeitgeist into which we are born.

Lord Kitchener regrets

This excerpt is taken from the first chapter of
By Request of Uvani, A M Kaulback, privately published, 1965 or later

Early in the First World War I received a telegram



A few days later, I gazed, horror stricken, at a long paragraph in the Morning Post. It was headed "An Officer's Heroism", and read as follows

"A motor-ambulance driver, at the front, sends his mother a thrilling account of the fortitude and cheerfulness of an officer under the most distressing conditions. The driver says 'After dinner I commenced a letter, but was interrupted by a shell bursting in the vicinity and a man yelling for bandages. Of course I rushed to see if I could be of any use, and found that the shell had burst at the side of the road about forty yards away, right in the midst of a party of Indian engineers who were inspecting the telegraph wires. T and I grabbed stretchers from our car and, with some others, rushed for the Indians. I was late in starting and all the Indians were being attended to when I arrived on the scene. However I saw someone in the shell-hole where the men had been hit, and so had escaped notice. It was a man, the white officer of the Indians, who appeared to have his legs half buried in the debris of the hole. He told us to attend to the others first; he was all right. And then, as we moved him, we saw that he was standing on the stumps of his legs. Both had been shot off at the knees. (I'm telling you this story because of the extraordinary courage the man showed – such courage as I've never seen before and hardly imagined. It's worthwhile hearing the horror of it to realise that we are officered by such men.)

'He was perfectly conscious and calm, and spoke as though he were a medical officer and someone else the victim. He looked at his legs as we moved him on to the stretcher and asked me quietly (he was not in the least excited, and his handsome face showed no pain), to tie something tight round his legs to stop the bleeding. I did what I could with my handkerchief and another I requisitioned, and we took him to our billet. We had to move hurriedly, of course, as a second shell followed, and we wanted cover in case any more arrived.

Photo of Frank Townend

'There were two R.A.M.C. men with us, and they attended to the subsequent first-aid. They discovered another horrible wound in his arm, and while they were dressing it he told them he thought he would give up football next year. We then took him to the nearest hospital. He was still conscious and perfectly collected, and laughed quietly and talked, apologising for the trouble he was causing, while on the way to hospital. And I came back thinking of that tag in some book or other, I have seen a man. The poor fellow died in hospital'"

The following day the Morning Post said they had learnt that this officer was Captain Francis Whitchurch Townend, Royal Engineers, one of my brothers.