William Belfield

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born: 1875 in Nantwich, Cheshire and baptised 18 July 1875 at Nantwich Parish Church.

Family: He was the fifth of nine children born to Joseph Belfield, a horse dealer and his wife Ann. He married Alice Street on 5 February 1898 at Nantwich Parish Church. The couple had four children.

Residence: At the time of his baptism his family were living in Snow Hill, Nantwich. By 1881 the family had moved to Beam Street, Nantwich and 10 years later their address was 12 Welch Street, Nantwich. In 1901, and now married, he was living with his wife and daughter at 27 Snow Hill, Nantwich. Some 10 years later they were living at 5 Hawthorn Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire. At the time of his Attestation in 1915 his address was 8 Barlows Yard, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Employment: On both the 1901 and 1911 Census his occupation was described as a marine dealer, however in 1915 he was said to be a labourer.

Died: Not known

Military Details

Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Rank: Private

Service Number: 18570

Date of Enlistment: 14 July 1915

Date of Discharge: 12  August 1915

Reason for Discharge: Not likely to become an efficient soldier due to deafness

Medals and Awards

William was awarded the Silver War Badge number 137773 on 28 October 1917

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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