John Ashley Matthews

Royal Air Force

Personal Details

Born: 17 September 1898 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family: He was the eldest of three children born to Alfred A Matthews, a domestic groom, and his wife Ella C. He married Miriam Barbara Harris in 1925 in Whitchurch; no children can be confirmed for the marriage.

Residence: In 1901 and 1911 he was living with his family in Church Street, Malpas, Cheshire. In 1939 he was living at 8 Newport Road, Whitchurch which was their address at the time of Miriam’s death in 1970. At the time of his death he was living at 111 Cavendish Road, Bispham, Blackpool, Lancashire.

Employment: He was a motor mechanic when he enlisted in 1918; in 1939 he was a garage proprietor and local ARP warden.

Died: 8 July 1974 in Blackpool, aged 75.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Air Force (previously Royal Naval Air Service)

Rank: Air mechanic

Service Number: 250035 (previously F50035)

Date of Enlistment: 14 February 1918

Date of Discharge: 5 December 1919

Reason for Discharge: Transfer to reserve

Medals and Awards

None awarded as did not serve overseas


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