A Soldier of the First World War

John Reffell (1877-1948)

Royal Field Artillery observerSergeant 169/64002 2/3 Highland (Howitzer) Brigade RFA Battery

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

1/1/1915 Territorial Force Efficiency Medal & Territorial Efficiency Medal

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.