Lieutenant-Colonel John Warwick Illius

Lieutenant-Colonel John Warwick Illius served in the Indian Medical Service during WW1 and after the war in the Balkans, Egypt, Persia and the Persian Gulf. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, the General Service Medal 1918 clasp South Persia and the India General Service Medal 1908 clasp Waziristan 1919.

October 9th 1875: He was born in Campo Grande, Bahia, Brazil. he is the son of John Guillermo and Ellen Illius, Superintendent of the Bahia Steam Navigation Company. He had a brother Henry Warkwick that was most probably his twin.

1881 United Kingdom Census: He was living with his parents at 48 St John’s Road Tonbridge, Kent, England. He had 2 brothers and 4 sisters. He was in a wealthy family they had one nurse, one housemaid, one cook and one governess.

1891 United Kingdom Census: Living at 142 Halloween Bannisters Road Millbrook, Hampshire, England. They only had one maid

February 1900: He received his medical training at St. Bart’s and gained the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (M.R.C.S.) 1900 and Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians  (L.R.C.P.) London. His address was 13 Esplanade Road, Bombay India

July 26th, 1902: He entered the Indian Medical Service and was appointed a Lieutenant.

July 26th, 1905: He was promoted Captain.

1912: He was appointed a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

January 26th, 1914: He was promoted Major

January 1922: He was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel. That year also saw the birth of his son Andrew Bruce Warwick Illius

He served in the WW1 in France and Belgium, 1914-15;

He served in the Balkans and Egypt in 1915-16.

He served in Persia and the Persian Gulf between 1916 and 1919

He retired from the Indian Army on 4 September 1925.

1927: According to the Medical List of that year he was a partner of the Coulson, Buckley & Illius Medical Practice in Temple Combe, Somerset.

August 24th 1943: His son Officer Andrew Bruce Warwick Illius, 156 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve was killed over Berlin at the age of 21.

September 10th, 1946: He died at the Ashs Prior Nursing Home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. He left a sum of 23 610 £ to his wife Marion Elizabeth Fleming. He is buried in Cheltenahm Cemetery in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. His wife died on May 29th, 1976 and is buried with him.

Pictures of his gravestone Cheltenahm Cemetery

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Gravestone 2

Gravestone 3

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography.

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  • gpcox  On 2013/01/17 at 05:59

    You are doing such a wonderful service by keeping the memories of these veterans alive.

  • Medic  On 2013/01/17 at 07:03

    Thanks ………. it’s not that hard all that information was already sitting on my computer …. the results of many years of one of my hobby, researching those ladies en gentlemen

  • Kimberley John Lindsay  On 2013/02/08 at 10:42

    As far as the GSM S. PERSIA clasp to Major Illius is concerned, I have found comparatively few to Officers. I have one to Capt. A.W. Fagan, IARO attd 16 Rajputs, who was seconded as Asst Consul, Shiraz, 1918 (he was ICS and transferred to the Indian Political during the campaign). Fagan fenced for Britain at the 1912 Olympics. During the Battle of Britain he was Int Offr with a Spitfire squadron, and was a director of Tea companies in the City!
    Kimberley John Lindsay.

  • Medic  On 2013/02/08 at 17:32

    According the copy of the medal roll for the GSM 1918, a few officers from the Royal Army Medical Corps did receive the GSM with the South Persia clasp, unfortunately I do not have a copy for the Indian Medical Service so I do not know how rare or how common they are

  • Phil Dickinson  On 2020/02/03 at 09:53

    My cousin Cyril Chadwick flew with his son Andrew , as flight engineer in the Lancaster that was shot down in 1943 all crew perished I am trying to find more information and if there is any living relations who I could contact . I do have a list of the other 5 crew members my e mail address

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