British Army Captain James Anthony Townley from the Corps of Royal Engineers died in Afghanistan on 21st September 2012. He died in Camp Bastion, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, from wounds sustained whilst serving at Forward Operating Base Shawqat.
29-year-old Captain Townley was born in Tunbridge Wells and grew up near Glastonbury in Somerset. Having received a first-class degree in Engineering and Computer Science from University College Oxford, he worked as a tax associate for Price Waterhouse Coopers before attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in January 2007.
He commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers in December 2007 and promoted to Lieutenant soon after completing his Royal Engineer Troop Commanders' Course before serving in 28 Engineer Regiment, based in Hameln, Germany.
He deployed to Afghanistan in September 2012 with 4 Armoured Engineer Squadron, 21 Engineer Regiment and was based in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand Province as the Battle Group Engineer supporting 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment.
Lieutenant Colonel Chas Story, Commanding Officer, 28 Engineer Regiment, said: "James was an exceptional officer, a great character and unbelievably clever... It was impossible not to be drawn in by his passion and humour. He was on his third tour of Afghanistan and a volunteer for all three. He joined to be a soldier and he was determined to make the most of all the opportunities he could. The Regiment will be a poorer place without James."
He leaves behind his parents, Peter and Jacqui, his brother, Nick, and girlfriend, Helen.