A Scottish Soldier of the First World War

John Reffell (1877-1948)

Sergeant 169/64002 2/3 Highland (Howitzer) Brigade RFA Battery

John Reffell was born in 1877 at Greenock to parents Alfred James Reffell (1828-1885) and Margaret Lindsay (1836-1898). He was the youngest of three sons and also had a sister.

John was over 30 years old when he enlisted and then served for the second time for a duration of 10 years and 53 days. He had previously served as a private in the army between 13 June 1902 & 31 March 1908. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal & the British War Medal.

John married Mary Robertson (1888-1977) 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.