John Lea

Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Personal Details Born: 25 August 1881 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: He was one of nine children born to Isaiah Lea, a greengrocer, and Elizabeth Humphreys. He married Violet Mary Johnson in Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 1913. The couple had seven …

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William George Hall

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: In 1876 in Limehouse, Middlesex. Family: He was the eldest of five children born to William Hall, a labourer, and his wife Rebecca. No marriage can be traced for William. Residence: In 1881 and 1891 he lived …

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George Fowles

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: In 1887 and baptised 4 May 1887 at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: He was one of six children born to John Fowles, a butcher, and his wife Catherine. No marriage can be located for …

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Joseph Robert Hares

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 18 July 1894 in Prees, Shropshire and was baptised on 20 August the same year in Prees Parish Church. Family: He was the second of five children born to Thomas James Hares, a farmer, and his wife …

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George Henry Wilson

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 10 February 1876 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 8 March the same year in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church, Whitchurch. Family: He was the second of eight children born to Kenrick Wilson, a railway signalman, and his …

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Leonard Walter Purcell

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 20 October 1895 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 9 February 1896 in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church. Family: He was the third of six children born to Thomas John Hill Purcell, a tobacconist, hairdresser and newsagent, and …

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William Henry Steele

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 5 June 1893 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 22 June the same year at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch.  Family: He was the sixth of seven surviving children born to George Steele, a blacksmith, and his wife …

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Gordon Edwin Suker

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: In 1897 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.  Family: He was the younger of two sons born to John Suker, a general labourer, and his wife Elizabeth. He married Hilda E.Smith in 1921 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. The couple had two …

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Josiah Ernest Ridgway

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 7 April 1878 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.  Family: He was the youngest of five sons born to Josiah Ridgway, a clockmaker, and Ann his wife. In 1912 Josiah married Ada Brown in Whitchurch and the following year their …

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Thomas Edwards

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 15 November 1897 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: He was the second of six children born to James Edwards, a joiner, and his wife Mary Ann. He married Florence Muriel Richards in 1920 in Whitchurch and together they …

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William Evans

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born: In 1878 in Burleydam, Cheshire. Family: He was the fifth of six children born to Peter Evans, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Ann. He married Pamela Felton in 1898 in Market Drayton, Shropshire and together they …

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John Gibbons

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 5 April 1869 in Malpas, Cheshire. Family: He was the eldest of eight children born to Stephen Gibbons, a blacksmith, and his wife Catherine. He married Sarah Ann Hammond on 21 October 1897 at St. George’s Church, …

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Edwin Pace

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 11 June 1884 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 21 July the same year in St. Alkmund’s Church. Family: He was the youngest of four children born to Richard Pace, a gardener, and his wife Mary. He …

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John Evans

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: October 1876 in Platt Lane, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: He was the youngest of six surviving children born to William Evans, a canal boatman, and his wife Elizabeth. He married Sarah Ann Sparrow on 14 September 1892 in …

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Ernest William Evans

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 29 July 1886 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 11 August the same year in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church. Family: He was the sixth of seven children born to George Evans, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Mary …

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Edwin Evans

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 14 April 1875 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 16 April the same year in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church. Family: He was the eldest of seven children born to George Evans, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Mary …

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Thomas Henry Done

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: In 1878 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: He was the son of Mary Done (Mary married George Allman in 1882 in Whitchurch). No marriage can be traced for Thomas. Residence: In 1881 he lived in Grindley Brook, Whitchurch …

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Isaiah Lea

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: In 1872 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 6 April 1873 at St Alkmund’s Parish Church. Family: He was the son of Isaiah Lea, a greengrocer, and Elizabeth Humphreys. He married Annie Jones in 1905 in Whitchurch. On …

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Walter Jones

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: In 1896 in Tushingham, Cheshire, near Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: He was the sixth of ten children born to George Jones, a farm labourer, and his first wife Mary. Mary died in 1901 and George married again to …

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Jack Crewe

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 17 March 1892 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 13 April the same year at St. Alkmund’s Parish Church. Family: He was one of eleven children born to Richard Crewe, a bricklayer’s labourer, and his wife Mary …

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William Skerratt

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 23 December 1885 in Tushingham, Cheshire. Family: He was the second of four children born to Thomas Skerratt, a labourer, and his wife Frances. The 1939 Register indicates that he was single at that time. Residence: He …

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Thomas Henry Hayles

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 22 January 1883 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. This birth date comes from the 1939 Register; the civil birth registration was in the first quarter 1885. Also known by the surname Hales. Family: He was the second of four …

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William Foreshaw

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:   15 May 1880 in Liverpool, Lancashire. Family:  He married Jane Capper Quarter 4 1906 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. They had two children, John William George and Margaret Dorothy. Residence:   In 1901 he was living at 3 Dodington, Whitchurch, …

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Edward Ashley

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 22 September 1877 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Family: He was the second of four children of William Arrowsmith, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Mary Arrowsmith. He married Julietta Griffiths on 13 April 1901 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and …

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Stanley Barlow

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 26 July 1892 in Bronington, Flintshire, Wales. Family: He was the second of four children born to William Barlow, a house decorator, and his wife Annie Elizabeth Barlow. No marriage can be traced for Stanley. Residence: In …

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Joseph Beckett

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 27 February 1894 in Ash, Shropshire. Family: He was the second of four children born to Robert Beckett, a farm waggoner, and Clara Beckett. The 1939 Register shows Joseph as single, we are unable to find a …

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Frederick Chidlow

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: April 1897 and baptised 18 April 1897 in Tilstock, Shropshire. Family: He was the eldest son of Frederick Chidlow, a garden labourer, and his wife Elizabeth Chidlow. Frederick married Annie Louise Powell in Market Drayton in 1918 …

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Fred Dulson

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:   25 April 1892 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:   He was the sixth of nine children born to George Dulson, a paviour, and his wife Elizabeth. He married Rosanna B. Grice Quarter 4 1936 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. They had …

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Clement Dodd

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:  In 1896 in Bradley, Cheshire. Family:   He was the youngest of three sons born to Thomas Dodd, a waggoner, and his wife Ann. His brothers were William and Harry. No marriage can be found for him. Residence: …

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James Boyle

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:  In 1891 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: He was one of nine children born to Patrick Boyle, a labourer in an iron foundry, and his wife Margaret (nee O`Neill). His father died in about 1897. By the time …

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Robert Henry Clarke

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:   15 September 1890 Family: Robert Henry was the second of seven children born to Annie Clarke.  George was possibly the only legitimate child of Annie and Robert Clarke. In 1919 he married Annie Bleasedale (nee Moores), …

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Joseph Bebbington

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:  In 1864 and baptised on 5 June 1864 at St Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:  He was the eldest of 6 children born to William Bebbington, a gentleman`s servant and later a licensed victualler, and his …

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Horace James Beesley

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:  13th July 1891 in Stoke Newington, Middlesex,  but not baptised until 1st April 1906 in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. Family: He was the eldest of 3 children born to James Charles Beesley and his wife Sophia Honor (nee Runnicus). …

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Albert Edward Blencowe

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:  12 June 1893 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:  He was the second son of Charles Leonard Blencowe, a baker, and his wife Margaret Winifred, nee O’Hara. His siblings were William, Catherine, Charles, Frank, Percy, George and Harry. He …

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Samuel Boaz

Royal Fusiliers

Personal Details Born:  9 March 1896 at Grindley Brook, Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 1 April 1896 at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family:   He was the youngest of three children born to Samuel Boaz, a canal boatman, and …

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George Thomas

Labour Corps

Personal Details Born: 3 March 1876. Family: The first child of Morris and Fanny Thomas of 13 Claypit Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. He married Bertha Penn on 31 July 1915 and together they had 2 children – Brian and Wilfred. Employment: At the age of …

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Frederick George Ankers

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: Baptised 20 January 1886 Family: Eldest son and second of six children born to John and Charlotte Ankers. In 1919 he married May Williamson at Whitchurch, Shropshire and together they had two children, Frederick G and Elizabeth …

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Harry Badrock

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born:  Harry was born on 11 February 1889. Family:  He was the son of Charles Badrock, a jobbing gardener, and his wife Ellen. He had one sister, Martha. He married Emily Walmsley on the 17 February 1913 in …

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Samuel Ankers

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: Baptised 17th July 1889 Family:  Son of John and Charlotte. In late 1911 he married Edith Starkey at Whitchurch, Shropshire. Together they had seven children, Lucy E, Phyllis M, Ivy E, Elsie A, Hilda N, Gladys M, …

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Herbert Ankers

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: January 12th 1893 and baptised at St Alkmund’s parish church a month later. Family: The fifth of six children born to of John and Charlotte Ankers of Dodington, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1920 he married Annie E. Reynolds …

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Ernest Ankers

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 13th March 1887 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 28th September the same year at St Alkmund’s parish church. Family: Third of six children born to John Thomas and Charlotte A. Ankers of 6 Sherrymill Hill, Whitchurch, Shropshire. …

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Ernest Richard Caswell

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 1895 and baptised 6th October 1895. Also recorded with surname Casewell. Family: Next to youngest of six children born to John and Jane. In 1921 he married Daisy Smith at Whitchurch, Shropshire. Together they had two sons …

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Samuel James Caloe

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: Born 1883 in Liverpool Family: Fourth child of eight born to Thomas and Mary Caloe. He married Edith Wilkinson in 1915 at Whitchurch, Shropshire. They had two children May E and Samuel P. Residence: In 1891 and 1901 …

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Frank Williams

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: Born in Bettisfield, Flintshire, Wales on 27 April 1895.  Family: The son of Charles and Fanny Williams of Moss Farm, Bronington, Flintshire, Wales. He married Vera Aspa Coates in 1920. Civilian Occupation: He worked in a brickyard when he enlisted; …

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Samuel Webster

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 15 March 1898. Family: The first child of Samuel and Mary Webster of 15 Barlows Yard, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: He was working at cable makers British Insulated Cables Ltd Norfolk prior to enlisting. Residence: He lived at 5 Castle Hill, …

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Ernest Taylor

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 29 August 1893. Family: He was the fourth child of Herbert and Jane Taylor of 10 Claypit Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Brother of George Harold Taylor. In 1939 he was married to Helen. Civilian Occupation: He was employed as boot maker/repairer. …

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Cyril Taylor

Personal Details Born: In Stroud, Gloucestershire in 1897. Family: He was the first child of Archibald and Annie Taylor of 21 St Mary’s Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Died: Date of death unknown. Other Information: His full name is Archibald John Cyril Taylor.  

Charles Henry Stanley

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 4 July 1895 Family: The first child of Henry and Georgina Stanley of 152 Wrexham Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Charles married Gladys M Adams in 1921 and together they had one child – Henry R. Civilian Occupation: After school he joined the …

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Thomas Henry Paddington

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 1 February 1895. Family: The third child of Harry and Mary Jane Paddington of 59 Green End, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Thomas married Eva M Austin in 1919 and our research suggests they had 6 children together – Bernard C, John, Leslie T, …

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Sidney Murden

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 5 February 1896 in Finsbury, Middlesex. Family: The second son of Alfred and Annie Mary Murden. Alfred died in 1899 and Annie went on to marry William Sands and moved to Steel Heath, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1920 Sidney married …

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Harry Morris

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: September 1892 Children: The second child of Harry and Jane Morris of 13 Newtown Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: In 1911 Harry was working as a farm labourer in Tybroughton, Flintshire, Wales. Died: Date unknown     Military Details Regiment: Royal …

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Edwin Jones

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: January 1877 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Family: The fourth child of Joseph and Annie Jones of 37 Folly Lane, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Edwin married Alice Thompson on the 1 March 1905 and together they had 2 children – Ronald and Winifred …

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Edward Madders

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: In Whitchurch, Shropshire on 5 November 1896. Family: The second child of Thomas and Mary Madders of 11 Talbot Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1927 Edward married Norah Catherine Callaghan in Fylde, Lancashire and they had 2 children together – Sheila …

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Charles Hayward

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 12 January 1893 in Adderley, Shropshire. Family: The second son of Samuel and Ann Hayward of Blackwaters, Eccleshall, Staffordshire. Civilian Occupation: In 1911 Charles was working as a waggoner on a farm. Five years later his occupation was …

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Robert Charles Hales

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 9 August 1895. Family: The third son of James Lee and Elizabeth Ann Hales of 28 Belton Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Robert married Kate Minay in 1918. Civilian Occupation: He was employed as a boot shop assistant. In 1939, he …

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George Fisher

Personal Details Born: 1897 Family: The second son of George and Mary Anne Fisher of 4 Venables Yard, High Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Civilian Occupation: George was employed as a labourer before enlisting in 1915. Residence: For a while after the war he lived at …

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Leonard James Elson

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 18 January 1896 Family: The fourth child of James and Sarah Elson of Moorhead Cottage, Willeymoor, Tushingham, Cheshire. Leonard married Abigail Mary Paddington in 1924 and together they had one daughter, Sheila. His surname was sometimes spelt Ellson. …

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John Caulcott Davies

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 9 January 1896 Family: He was the third son of Edward and Emily Davies of Grindley Brook, Whitchurch, Shropshire. John married Edith Mary Hay in June 1922 and together they had 3 children – Peter, Jean and Betty. …

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Percy Day

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 1877. Family: The second son of Charles and Rhoda Day of Newtown Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Percy married Elizabeth Jane Bills on 19 August 1901. Residence: In 1911 Percy and Elizabeth were living at 6 Newtown Street, Whitchurch; the 1919 Absent …

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Joseph Chesters

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: Woodhouses, Whitchurch, Shropshire in 1879. Family: The son of Joseph and Elizabeth Chesters of Grange Farm, Wirswall, Whitchurch, Shropshire. We believe Joseph had a sister named Eliza born in 1860 and may have been adopted. Civilian Occupation: He …

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Thomas Beddows

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 1879 Family: Second son of Thomas and Christina Beddow. Thomas also used the name Beddows. Residences: Steel Lane, Tilstock, Whitchurch, Shropshire, and 87 Cheeryble Street, Higher Openshawe, Manchester by the end of the war. Civilian Occupation: He was …

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William Robert Bennion

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born: 26 September 1876 Family: Son of Margaret Bennion. William married Elizabeth Humphreys on the 23 February 1896 and together they had 7 children – William, Elizabeth, Margaret, Florence, Emily, Samuel and Gwendoline. Civilian Occupation: Builder’s labourer. Residence: On leaving the …

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Walter Sydney Fisher

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born 1881 Next of kin – Mrs Alice Ann Fisher (wife), 20 Pepper Street, Whitchurch Civilian occupation – Stoker at Whitchurch Gas Works Military Details Regiment : King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, Royal Defence Corps Rank : Private Service …

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William R. Bennion

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details Born 1874 Next of kin – Mrs Elizabeth Bennion (wife), 1 Sherrymill Hill, Whitchurch Civilian occupation – Builder’s labourer Military Details Regiment : King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, Labour Corps Rank : Corporal, Private Service Number : 11691, 42444 …

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Military Medal

Military Medal

The following Whitchurch men were recipients of the Military Medal : 59782 L./C. Charles Williams, Machine Gun Corps Whitchurch, Shropshire – 26 August 1918 192447 L./C. (A. /2nd Cpl.) T. Davies, Royal Engineers Whitchurch, Shropshire – 18 October 1918 57253 Pte. …

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Enlisted January 1915

Mechanical Transport Drivers – William John Dodsworth & John Henry Williams Horse Transport Transport Drivers – William A. Kilgarriff, Herbert Roberts, John Hayward, William Arthur Dawson, Alfred Fowles, George Fowles, Arthur Chidlow & Thomas Stockton