First World War – The British Army

The following members of the family were in the British army during the First World War. Some of those named have further information that can be accessed by clicking on the name.

Stanley George Rattle – Private 8299 Royal Fusiliers. Captured by the Germans during the Second Battle of Ypres and held as a POW for eight months. Awarded the 1914/5 Star, Victory Medal & the British War Medal.

Alfred James Reffell – Private 1643 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Alfred Reffell – Gunner 62655 Royal Horse Artillery. Awarded the 1914/5 Star, Victory Medal & the British War Medal.

Alfred George Reffell – Private R27806 King’s Royal Rifle Corps.

Arthur Edward Reffell – Sapper WR/209995 Royal Engineers (Transportation), Railway Operating Division. Also served in the Machine Gun Guards.

Arthur Sidney Reffell – Private 8227 9th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. Attestation: 12 November 1915 Age: 19y 0m Discharged: 26 June 1917 wounded. Served: 1 year 227 days (146 days abroad) Address: Verlyn Tavern, Quaybrook, Colemans Hatch, East Sussex. Occupation: Grocers assistant. Not married. Next of kin: Alexander Reffell, c/o Mrs Baker, 3 High Street, Aylesford, Kent (father). Awarded the Victory Medal & the British War Medal.

Charles Bertie Reffell – Private 72512 Cheshire Regiment. Formerly Rifle Brigade 25397. Awarded the Victory Medal & the British War Medal.

Charles Edmund Reffell – Private 13086 2nd Corps The Coldstream Guards. Attestation: 5 October 1914 Holborn Age: 19 years. Born: Clerkenwell. Occupation: Jeweller. Theatre: France. Awarded the 1915 Star, Victory Medal & the British War Medal. Mother; Mary Reffell, 11 Florence Street, Upper Street, Islington.

Edward Ernest Reffell – (Also known as Ernest Edward) Acting Corporal A/389426 Army Service Corps. Enlisted 1915, Discharged 1919. From the National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918; Shortly after volunteering in June 1915, he was drafted to the Western Front, where he served in various sectors. Attached to the Expeditionary Force Canteens, he was engaged on duties of great importance in this theatre of war, and rendered very valuable services until after the signing of the Armistice. He was demobilised on his return home in 1919, and holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals. 47, Childeric Road, New Cross, S.E.14

Edward Pomeroy Reffell – 820 18/ London Regiment. Attestation: 14 April 1913 Age: 19 years 8 months. Born: Camden Town. Occupation: Bank Clerk. Address: 278 Grove Green Road, Leytonstone. Not married.

Frederick Reffell – Private 9630 King’s Royal Rifle Corps.

Frederick William Reffell – DM2/165782 Acting Sergeant, Army Service Corps. Aged 32 at the start of the war, he was awarded the Victory Medal & the British War Medal. Previously served in South Africa in the 106 Imperial Yeomanry Company (Staffordshire) 4th Battalion, where he was a Trooper number 21923. Awarded the Queen’s South Africa (QSA) with Clasps for the Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902. Died of Tuberculosis at the age of 44.

George Stanley Reffell – Private G/23879 Royal West Kent Regiment.

Gertrude Emily Mary Reffell – Staff Nurse, Territorial Force Nursing Service, 1 London General Hospital 1916 – 27 September 1919, on reserve until 25 April 1935. Address: Burwood, Caterham Valley.

Henry E Reffell – Private M/323027 Army Service Corps.

Henry Emanuel Reffell – Private 34001 30 County of London Regiment/Wiltshire Regiment. Next of kin: Alice Maude Reffell, 51 Fawcett Road, Deptford. Occupation: Motor Boat Repairer. Attestation: 10 December 1915 Discharged: 8 December 1919 Crystal Palace. Awarded the British War Medal.

Henry Thomas Reffell – Private 9005 East Sussex Regiment. To Z Reserve. Occupation: Goods Clerk Wife: Sylvia Augusta Reffell, 4 Middlecombe Road, Camberwell. Son: Alexander Henry John Reffell. Enlisted 4 September 1914 Age 25 years 94 days. Theatre: France. Awarded the 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal & the British War Medal.

Horatio Nelson Reffell -Private 19631 Bedfordshire Regiment.

John Reffell – Sergeant 169/64002 2/3 Highland (Howitzer) Brigade RFA Battery. Attestation: 15 June 1908 Age: 31 years 2 months. Occupation: Tinsmith & gas fitter. Address: 8 Shaw Place, Greenock. Married. Awarded the 1914 Star, the Victory Medal & the British War Medal.

John Reffell – Pioneer 62586 Royal Engineers.

John Alfred Reffell – Private 19941 6th Dragoon Guards formerly 3rd Dragoon Guards 5469. Awarded the 1914 (Mons) Star, the Victory Medal & the British War Medal.

John W Reffell – Private 31311 Northamptonshire Regiment.

Mabel Bertha Reffell – Nurse Voluntary Aid Detachment.

Maurice Victor Reffell – Corporal 3396/206559 2nd Battalion The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. Address: Bourneside, Gomshall, Surrey. Attestation: 5 November 1914 Age: 22 Discharged: 31 March 1920. Awarded the 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal & the British War Medal. Theatre: Balkans.

Reginald Victor Reffell – 63679. Address: Burwood, Caterham Valley. Attestation: 9 May 1918 Discharged: 31 March 1920.

Sidney Guy Reffell – Private 205533 formerly 858 Hampshire Regiment. Awarded the Victory Medal & the British War Medal.

William A Reffell – Private SE/12688 Army Veterinary Corps.

William A Reffell – Private M2/078664 Army Service Corps.

William Douglas Reffell – Corporal 8227/86965 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Next of kin: Elizabeth Reffell, School House, Abinger, Near Dorking, Surrey. Occupation: Brewer. Attestation: 23 October 1916 Age: 30 years 1 month Discharged: 21 September 1919 Crystal Palace. Awarded the Victory Medal & the British War Medal.

William F Reffell – Private 17772 Hampshire Regiment.

William Henry Reffell – Private 2491151 346th Company Southern Labour Corps. Domestic Gardener Address: 5 Black Cottages, Tylney Road, Bromley, Kent. Age: 30 years Attestation: 26 June 1917 Discharged: 2 April 1918. Did not go abroad, and no medals were issued.

Albert Edward Jenkins Reffles – Lance Corporal 102109 Army Service Corps (MT). Next of kin: Elizabeth Reffles, 38 Trevor Road, Southsea, Hampshire. Attestation: 4 June 1915 Age: 29 years 218 days Occupation: Chauffeur Discharged: 28 July 1919. Awarded the Victory Medal & the British War Medal.

Acknowledgement is made to the following National Archives files at Kew: Service information from ‘Burnt Documents’: WO363/R56 & ‘Unburnt Documents’: WO364/3220, Medal information from the Medal Rolls Index WO329, better known as the Medal Index Cards.