John Marshall Docherty

Royal Garrison Artillery

Personal Details

Born: 10 May 1892 in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Family: He was the sixth child born to John Docherty, a laboratory technician & his wife Elizabeth. He married Florence May Portar on 20 May 1918 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. They had one son, Colin born 1921.

Residence: In 1901 the family was living at 5 Seabank Street, Saltcoats, Ayrshire. The address given on his demobilisation was 15 Arthur Street, Saltcoats although his wife at this time was living at 8 Park Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1939 he was living at 15 George Street, Whitchurch.

Employment: He was employed as a machineman at Auchenharvie Colliery, Stevenson, Ayrshire. In 1939 he was working as a road maker with Salop LC.

Died: In 1954 in Whitchurch, aged 58.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery

Rank: Gunner

Service Number: 182424

Date of Enlistment: 10 September 1917

Date of Discharge: 14 December 1918

Reason for Discharge: Surplus to military requirements (due to varicose veins)

Medals and Awards

John was awarded the Silver War Badge number B118583

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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