John Andrew Perry

Royal Field Artillery

Personal Details

Born: 18 July 1898 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family: He was the eldest of four children born to James Perry, a lodging house keeper, and his wife Mary. He married Edna Hollingworth on 23 December 1933 in the Parish Church of Breedon on the Hill, Leicestershire and together they had one child, Mary A.

Residence: In 1901 the family were living at 14 Castle Hill, Whitchurch; by 1911 they had moved to Mill Street, Crickhowell, Breconshire. At the time of his discharge in 1918 he was living at 6 High Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire. His marriage certificate gives his address as Much Wenlock, Shropshire and in 1939 he was living at The Bungalow, Warblington, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Leicestershire. At the time of his death he lived at 2 Main Street, Breedon on the Hill.

Employment: When he left the army in 1918 he was an egg & poultry dealer, an occupation he continued to hold until at least 1939.

Died: December 1974, aged 76, and buried on 31 December the same year in the Breedon on the Hill churchyard.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Rank: Gunner

Service Number: 230453

Date of Enlistment: 24 July 1916

Date of Discharge: 29 January 1918

Reason for Discharge: Physically unfit for war service

Medals and Awards

John was awarded the Silver War Badge (number B320646)

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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