Richard Harry Madeley

Canadian Expeditionary Force

Personal Details

Born: 12 November 1889 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family: Parents not known. He married Lilian Jones on 1 April 1920 at St Michael and All Angels Church, Blackburn, Lancashire. The couple had a daughter, Elizabeth, born in 1921.

Residence: In 1891 and 1901 he was an inmate of the Union Workhouse, Whitchurch, Shropshire. When he enlisted in 1917 he was living at 836 Jubilee Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. On his discharge in 1919 he gave an address of 18 Ribble Street, Blackburn, Lancashire. In 1939 his home was Clayton Manor Lodge, Blackburn.

Employment: In 1917 he was a packer and in 1939 a chauffeur and gardener.

Died: In 1951 in Darwin, Lancashire, aged 61.

Other Information: It has proved difficult to trace this man from birth to death. The research has concluded that the Harry Madeley who was an inmate in the Whitchurch Union Workhouse was the Richard Henry Madeley who married Lilian Jones in 1920 and the Richard H Madeley who died in Darwin, Lancashire in 1951.

Military Details

Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force (1st Central Ontario Regiment) (previously Royal Flying Corps Canada)

Rank: Sapper

Service Number: 3040692 (previously Can 151228)

Date of Enlistment: Drafted into the Army on 4 September 1918 (previously enlisted in R.F.C. on 18 October 1917)

Date of Discharge: 17 June 1919 (previously discharged from R.F.C. on 2 September 1918)

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation (previously being no longer required upon annulment of transfer from R.F.C. to R.A.F.)

Medals and Awards

Harry was awarded the British War Medal

British War Medal

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal is a campaign medal of the United Kingdom which was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces for service in the First World War. Two versions of the medal were produced. About 6.5 million were struck in silver and 110,000 in bronze, the latter awarded to, among others, the Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps.


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