George Billingsley

Border Regiment

Personal Details

Born: 2 March 1869 in Stockton, Shropshire and baptised on 21 March the same year in Stockton parish church.

Family: He was the seventh of eight children born to Thomas Billingsley, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Emma. No marriage can be located for George.

Residence: At the time of his baptism his family were living at Apley Farm Cottages, Stockton. In 1871 and 1881 he was living with his family in Worfield, Bridgnorth, Shropshire. He was serving with the military in 1891 and 1901. His WW1 military records show his sister living in Painters Green, Whitchurch, Shropshire and his discharge to her address; in 1911 he was boarding at 62 Wistaston Road, Monks Coppenhall, Cheshire.

Employment: He was a labourer when he enlisted in 1889. Between 1903 and 1905 he worked as a labourer for London and North Western Railways. In 1911 he was a railway clerk.

Died: 1 April 1922 in Whitchurch, aged 52.

Military Details

Regiment: Border Regiment

Rank: Company Sergeant Major

Service Number: 35772

Date of Enlistment: 9 November 1914

Date of Discharge: 15 October 1918

Reason for Discharge: No longer physically fit for war service

Other Information: George enlisted in the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry in 1889 (number B70354), serving until 1902, including in the Boer War.

Medals and Awards

George was awarded the Silver War Badge (number 2962)

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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