Josiah Huxley

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born: In 1869 in Prees, Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 31 October the same year in Prees Parish Church.

Family: He was the second son of Elizabeth Huxley. He married Emily Hurlston Hesketh in 1908 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and together they had at least 2 children – Harold Clifford and Ada Elizabeth.

Residence: From the time of his baptism until at least 1871 he lived in Rag Lane, Prees; in 1881 he was living in the Wem Union Workhouse, Love Lane, Wem, Shropshire. By 1901 he had moved to 47 Newtown Street, Whitchurch and in 1911 was living at 1 Deermoss Road, Whitchurch.

Employment: In 1901 he was a  bricklayers labourer; in 1911 he was a shoemaker.

Died: In 1932 in Whitchurch, aged 62 and was buried on 8 July the same year in Whitchurch cemetery.

Military Details

Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Rank: Private

Service Number: 11455

Date of Enlistment: 31 August 1914

Date of Discharge: 13 March 1915

Reason for Discharge: Unfit for war service

Other Information: His step-son, Harold Clifford Hesketh, also served in WW1.

Medals and Awards

Josiah was awarded the Silver War Badge number 504219

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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