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 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.

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.