Colin Blake Clay

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

Personal Details

Born: Baptised 20 November 1887 at Prees, Shropshire.

Family: Sixth of eleven children born to Thomas and Mary Clay. In early 1914 Colin married Selina Mulliner in Whitchurch and together they had two children, Brian and Joan.

Residence: According to the census returns of 1891 and 1901 Colin was living with his parents and siblings at the Blacksmith’s shop in Church Street, Prees. By 1911 the family had moved to 19 Pepper Street, Whitchurch. From the time of his discharge in 1919 to his death in 1936, the family were living at 18 Park Road, Whitchurch.

Employment: In 1911 Colin was working as a blacksmith with his father and brother.

Died: Aged 48 and buried 8 February 1936 in Whitchurch Cemetery.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Army Veterinary Corps

Rank: Private

Service Number: 36635

Date of Enlistment: 23 December 1916

Date of Discharge: 19 September 1919

Reason for Discharge:  Not known

Other Information: Suffered from sciatica attributed to war service. Didn’t serve overseas.

Medals and Awards

Colin was awarded the Silver War Badge.

Silver War Badge

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The Silver War Badge was issued in the United Kingdom and the British Empire to service personnel who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness from military service in World War I. The badge, sometimes known as the "Discharge Badge", the "Wound Badge" or "Services Rendered Badge", was first issued in September 1916, along with an official certificate of entitlement.

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