A Surrey Soldier of the First World War

Maurice Victor Reffell (1896-1944)

Corporal 3396/206559 5th (Reserve) Battalion The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment

Maurice Victor Reffell was born during 1896 at Shere Surrey to parents William Joseph Reffell (1859-1931) and Kate Maria Boorer (1869-1909). He was the second of three sons and had four sisters. One of his brothers was Alan Herbert Reffell.

Maurice Victor Reffell’s WW1 Medals

Maurice Victor joined the army as a private in 1914 and served for 4 years and 105 days, having been promoted to a corporal and been wounded twice. He joined The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), the second most senior regiment of the British Army, an outline of his service history is shown below. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal & the British War Medal.

During 1934 Maurice joined the company of R Mansell Limited building contractors & decorators of Grant Road Croydon as a building surveyor, becoming a director in 1939.

In 1937 he married Margaret Jones (1905-2005) in the Beulah Chapel at Caernarvon, and their only daughter Doreen Margaret was born in Croydon during April 1940. They were on a holiday in Caernarvon when Maurice was taken ill and subsequently died of heart failure on 4 August 1944 aged 47.

After Maurice’s death, Margaret married Sydney C Gordon during 1947 at Croydon.

Medals & World War 1 Service History of Maurice Victor Reffell:
5/11/1914 Attestation at Guildford, age: 22
17/7/1915 In theatre of war
10/4/1916 At Alexandria, Egypt
5/5/1916 At Fayoum, Egypt
17/7/1916 Embarked at Devonport for MEF on HMT ‘Ulysses’
5/8/1916 Disembarked Port Said
17/8/1916 Embarked HMT ‘Canada’
10/10/1916 Disembarked Gallipoli
26/3/1917 Wounded in action
6/8/1917 Attended Army Sniping School, result 1st class 88%
4/11/1917 Wounded in action again, gun shot wound to left knee, Syria
20/11/1917 Discharged Mohamdiya Hospital to Kantana
2/4/1918 Promoted to Lance Corporal (unpaid)
17/6/1918 Embarked Alexandria
23/8/1918 Two weeks leave in the UK
18/9/1918 Promoted to Corporal
19/1/1919 Embarked Dunkirk for Dover
20/1/1919 Dover Dispersal Unit
31/3/1920 Discharged to reserve

Service details taken from ‘Burnt Document’ series WO363/R56 held in the National Archives at Kew and the Medal Rolls Index WO329, better known as the Medal Index Cards.