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JELFS, Fitz-Colin (1881-1948) – Royal Marines/Royal Engineers

Driver Fitz-Colin Jelfs (1881-1948), born in Peopleton, was living in Wickhamford at the time of his marriage to Amy Fletcher in 1905.  By 1911 he was living on the Willersey Road in Badsey and occupied as a gardening carter.

Fitz-Colin originally enlisted in the Royal Marines as a sapper (No. 5814/S).  He was based in Deal, Kent with the Divisional Engineers but transferred to the 549th Field Company of the Royal Engineers (No. 38183), as a driver, on 15th July 1915.   He went with his unit to France on 5th December 1915 and qualified for the 1915 Star, Victory and British War Medals.

Fitz-Colin Jelfs was discharged from the Army on 29th April 1919, with 20% disability, and was then living in School Lane, Badsey.  He appears on the Absent Voters’ List as from Badsey.