WWII British Norfolk Yeomanry Dress Uniform 7th Marquess Townshend For Sale
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WWII British Norfolk Yeomanry Dress Uniform 7th Marquess Townshend:
Offered here is a full dress uniform of the Norfolk Yeomanry which belonged to George Townshend, 7th Marquess Townshend of Raynham. The uniform, which includes trousers and Sam Browne belt, was tailored by Hawkes & Co of Savile Row in 1936. The uniform is in very good condition and displays very well. Also included is my research on Townshend.
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George Townshend, 7th Marquess Townshend of Raynham
1916–2010Born George John Patrick Dominic Townshend, Lord Townshend was the only son of John Townshend, 6th Marquess Townshend. Lord Townshend studied at Harrow School and was gazetted to the Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry on May 23, 1936. The Norfolk Yeomanry was originally a cavalry regiment, but in 1920 the regiment was converted to artillery and in 1924 was constituted as the 108th (Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry) Field Brigade, Royal Artillery of the Territorial Army. Lord Townshend reached his majority in 1937, taking his seat in the House of Lords. Though he had previously been serving extra duty since 1937 as an aide-de-camp to Sir W. Edmund Ironside, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for the Eastern Command of the Territorial Army, Lord Townshend was officially appointed to that role in April of 1938. He was advanced to lieutenant in May of 1939. When General Ironside was made Chief of the Imperial General Staff in September of 1939, Lord Townshend accompanied him as his personal assistant and was made an acting captain in December. General Ironside’s tenure as Chief of the Imperial General Staff ended in May of 1940 and Lord Townshend relinquished his commission in the Territorial Army on June 3 to accept an emergency commission as a second lieutenant in the Scots Guards. He had volunteered for the 5th (Special Reserve) Battalion (the ski battalion), which was formed to fight the Russians in Finland; but neutral Sweden refused permission for British troops to cross its territory, and the unit was swiftly disbanded. Lord Townshend remained with the Scots Guards until the war’s end; he was made a war substantiative lieutenant in 1941 and temporary captain in 1942. Lord Townshend returned to Raynham after the war, devoting himself to the estate and the Hall. He became the founding chairman of Anglia Television in 1959 and maintained his seat in the House of Lords until the hereditaries were expelled in 1999. Lord Townshend was a member of the United Grand Lodge of England throughout his life.