Ernest Crewe

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born: 1890 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 24 December 1890 at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch.

Family: He was one of at least six children born to George Crewe, a bricklayer and his wife Margaret. No marriage can be found for him.

Residence: In 1891 he and his family were living in Alkington, near Whitchurch. His mother died in 1895 and it is possible that Ernest was in the Union Workhouse, Whitchurch in 1901. By 1911 he was living at the Arrowry, Hanmer, Flintshire. On his enlistment in 1915 he gave his address as 4 Churton’s Yard, Whitchurch.

Employment: In 1911 he was a farm labourer and in 1915 he was a dairyman.

Died: Not known

Military Details

Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Rank: Private

Service Number: 3487

Date of Enlistment: 17 May 1915

Date of Discharge: 11 October 1916

Reason for Discharge: No longer fit for military service (due to a childhood accident)

Medals and Awards

Ernest was awarded the Silver War Badge number 192263 on 25 June 1917

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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