William Reay

Royal Defence Corps

Personal Details

Born: In 1869 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family: He was the fourth of six children born to John Reay, a general labourer, and his wife Sarah. He married Annie Thelwell on 5 March 1889 in Whitchurch and together they had at least six children – Edith M, William Aldwyn, George Voltyre, Archibald Frederick, Donald John and Tyrrel H Y.

Residence: In 1871 he lived in Dodington, Whitchurch; by 1881 the family had moved to 25 Newtown, Whitchurch. In 1891 and now married he lived in Bargates, Whitchurch and by 1901 had moved to 47 Wrexham Road, Whitchurch. In 1911 the family were living at 292 Livesey Branch Road, Blackburn, Lancashire. This is the address to which he was discharged in 1919.

Employment: In 1891 and 1901 he was a draper’s assistant. In 1911 he was a book-keeper at a paper works.

Died: In 1935 in Blackburn, Lancashire, aged 66.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Defence Corps (previously Manchester Regiment)

Rank: Private

Service Number: 28132 (previously 146)

Date of Enlistment: 30 November 1914

Date of Discharge: 25 June 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Other Information: His son, William Aldwyn, also served in WW1.

Medals and Awards

None awarded as did not serve overseas.


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