Wylie, William Thomas

Wylie, William Thomas 


Military History:


Regiment:                               Royal Defence Corps
(attached to the Hertfordshire Volunteers)

Rank:                                      Colour Sergeant

Service Number:                    80195

Date of Enlisting:                   1.7.1915

Date of death:                        13.7.1950

Cemetery/ Memorial:            Not known

UK Cemetery/Memorial:       St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour


William enlisted on 1st July 1915 at the age of 41.  He served with the Royal Defence Corps, Regimental Number 80195, attached to the Hertfordshire Volunteers. The Defence Corps was initially formed by converting the (Home Service) Garrison battalions of line infantry regiments. Garrison battalions were composed of soldiers either too old or medically unfit for active front-line service; the Home Service status indicated they were unable to be transferred overseas.   He was wounded at the end of 1918 and due to his age was discharged.

He would have been eligible for the 1915 Star, the Victory Medal, and the British War Medal and was awarded the Silver War Badge.

William survived the war and returned to Ashwell where he died on 13th July 1950.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.


Family History:


Date of Birth:                10.7.1874

Birth Place:                   Logiealmond, Perthshire, Scotland

Residence:                    Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Marriage:                      2nd quarter 1920


William Thomas Wylie was born on 10th July 1874 in Logiealmond, Perthshire, Scotland, the third son of Thomas and Jessie (nee McAinsh) Wylie.  He is still living in Scotland in 1901 but the 1911 census shows him living in Ashwell with his family and employed as a farm bailiff.

William married Lily Maud Christy in Ashwell, Hertfordshire in the 2nd quarter of 1920. They had a daughter, Alison Pullar, born in Ashwell on 28th June 1921 and a son, Thomas John, born on 10th July 1922.

William was a farmer and worked at The Cuckoo Poultry farm in Ashwell. He died in Ashwell, Hertfordshire on 13th July 1950.


Name:William Thomas Wylie
Birth Place:Logiealmond, Perthshire, Scotland
Residence:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Death Date:12.7.1950
Enlistment Place:Not known
Rank:Colour Sergeant
Regiment:Royal Defence Corps
Battalion:London Regiment
Regimental Number:    80195
Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:England

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