Category Archives: surname I

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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Sergeant John Mark Imrie

Serjeant John Mark Imrie served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the British War medal and the Victory medal. His enlistment number was 823062
Born on July 21st, 1888 in Whitehall, Michigan, USA
Trade: student               Religion: Baptist         Status: single

Height: 5′ 7″                   Eyes: blue                     Hair: brown
Weight : 147 lbs.

1901 Canadian census taken in Toronto North, ward # 5
Father : John M Head           Mother : Elizabeth         Sister : Elizabeth
Brother : James H. M            Brother : William          Sister : Margaret
Brother : Robert                     Brother : George
According to the census John was born October 21st 1883

1911 Canadian census taken in Toronto North, ward # 5
Head : John   Wife : Lizzie

December 3rd, 1915 : Enlisted in the 142nd battalion in London, Ontario (address is 845 Hellmuth ave, London Ontario)

November 11th, 1916 : Arrived in England on SS Southland

November 18th : Taken on strength with the 23rd battalion. S.O.S. November 23rd

November 14th : Taken on strength with the 23rd.
November 18th : Struck of strength of 23rd battalion and transfer to C.A.M.C. training school

January 9th, 1917 : Transfer to administration in Hasting

February 1st : Appointed Lance-sergeant

March 3rd : Admitted to hospital (indigestion). Discharged on the 17th

March 27th : Appointed Company sergeant major
April 12th : Appointed Regimental sergeant major
June 21st : Reverted to the rank at own request
July 29th : Appointed lance-corporal

August 3rd : Taken on strength with C.A.M.C. on his arrival in France

September 18th : Attached for duty with the headquarter 12th district Canadian Forestry Corps
October 24th : Attached to the 79th company C.F.C.
November 14th : Attached to 78th company C.F.C.
Mars 24th, 1918 : Attached to headquarter 12th district Canadian Forestry Corps

March 28th : Appointed acting sergeant
August 17th : Granted 14 days of leave
August 31st  : Promoted sergeant
May 26th 1919 : Proceed to England

July 2nd : Embarked in Southampton. Arrived in Halifax on July 8th
July 11th : Discharged in Toronto, Ontario

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