John Reffell was born in 1877 at Greenock to parents Alfred James Reffell and Margaret Lindsay. He was the youngest of three sons and also had a sister.
John was over 30 years old when he enlisted and had previously served as a private in the VBA&SH between 13/5/1902 & 31/3/1908. He served for the second time for a duration of 10 years and 53 days. An outline of his service history is shown below.
He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal & the British War Medal, and medal information can be found on the World War 1 medals page.
John married Mary Robertson on 20 June 1901 at Greenock, and died there during 1939 aged 62.
World War 1 Service History of John Reffell:
15/6/1908 Attestation at Greenock, age: 31years 2months
15/5/1909 Promoted to Bombardier
6/5/1911 Promoted to Corporal
14/6/1912 Re-engaged for 2 years
13/2/1914 Re-engaged for 1 year
3/3/1914 Promoted to Sergeant
3/5/1915 Embarked for France
27/3/1916 Embarked for UK<
2/4/1917 Embarked for Salonika, Greece
29/5/1918 Embarked for UK
11/6/1918 Arrived UK
19/7/1918 Discharged at Woolwich, age: 41 years
Service details taken from 'Unburnt Document' series WO364 held in the National Archives at Kew and the Medal Rolls Index WO329, better known as the Medal Index Cards.