William Ewart Chidlow

William Ewart Chidlow

Personal Details

Born: 11 April 1887 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family: He was the eldest of four children born to John Chidlow, an insurance agent and his wife Jane, nee Bennett. His first wife died in 1912; he had one child, Eric Joseph, born from this marriage. He married Florence Sidwick in 1919 in Taunton, Somerset. The couple had three children, Florence, Marion Irene and John.

Residence:  In 1891 his family were living at 24 Green End, Whitchurch, Shropshire. By 1901 the family had moved to 49 Hyde Road, Denton, Lancashire. By 1910 he was living in Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada. In 1919 his address was 2221 Pine Street, Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1953 he and his family were living at 242 Bernard Avenue, Fraser Valley, Vancouver. At the time of his death in 1970 his home was in White Rock, Greater Vancouver.

Employment: In 1901 his occupation was a solicitor`s clerk.  Upon his Attestation in 1914 he stated that he was a law clerk. The Canadian residency records indicate he was a secretary.

Died: 4 May 1970 in White Rock, Greater Vancouver, aged 83.

Military Details

Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force (Canadian Mounted Rifle Regiment)

Rank: Acting Colour Sergeant Major

Service Number: 114054

Date of Enlistment: 17 December 1914

Date of Discharge: 3 April 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Other Information: 18 March 1918, War Office Listed – “Mentioned for valuable services rendered in connection with the war.“

Medals and Awards

William 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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