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FELIX, Rees Caron (1896-1949) – Honourable Artillery Company

Rees Caron Felix was born in Birmingham on 30th April 1896, a son of Rees Felix, a shopkeeper, and his wife, Annie.  In 1911 the family were living in Edgbaston, Birmingham. He enlisted, in London, in the Honourable Artillery Company (No 4165) on 9th August 1915.  At that time, he was living in Highgate, London.  He sailed from Southampton to Rouen in 1916 and served in the 1st Battalion in France, from 13th March 1916 until 17th February 1919.  He was demobilised, as a Private, at his unit’s base in Dunkirk, when he gave an address in Edgbaston, Birmingham, as his permanent home. He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals in August 1921.

When the 1921 census was taken, Rees Caron Felix was living in Wickhamford, working as a Farm Assistant, for Benjamin Carter at Field Farm, Longdon Hill.   In 1939, he was a poultry farmer, living at Thundersley, Benfleet, Essex, and was unmarried. He died in the Birmingham area on 2nd September 1949, and was buried at St Chad’s Church, Wishaw, Warwickshire.