WW1 BWM. Kendall. RAF. Born Jersey, Channel Islands


Correctly named medal 92520 2Am JB Kendall RAF

Julius Bolton Kendal was born to Julius and Marguerite Kendal in Jersey in 1899. Julius snr was a watch maker/repairer from Masterton New Zealand.

We first find Julius B in 1901 living with his parents and paternal grandmother at Lima Cottage, St Saviour, Jersey. By 1911, they have all moved to 12 Vauxhall, St Helens, Jersey.

We see Julius B married Dorothea Julia May Human in Southwark in May 1917 and he enlisted into the RAF in the following August 1917. His address on attestation is given as 12 Vauxhall, St Helens. Prior to his RAF service, he served with the Royal Militia on the Island of Jersey.

Julius served with 50 Squadron RAF which was a Home Defence Squadron based in Kent. He later went overseas to France and served with 152 Squadron RAF which was primarily a Night Fighter Squadron used to attack German bombers. He served groundcrew as a Fitter.

He was accidentally wounded in December 1918 with wounds to his hands and face. The wounding to his left hand so severe as to see him medically discharged in Feb 1919 and awarded a Silver War Badge numbered RAF 3281. (not present)

We next find Julius living in London in 1924 and working as a draughtsman in the engineering department of the Post Office. This is also listed in the London Gazette on 6/2/1925.

We see in 1939, he is living with his wife Dorothea at 18 Nemoure Road, Ealing, Acton and still working as a PO draughtsman. It is also noted he served as a Special Constable.

Julius died in Bristol in May 1962. His address there is given as 75 Druid Stoke Avenue, Stoke Bishop, Bristol.

The medal comes with a length of modern ribbon. Looking at his services, his full entitlement would be a WW1 Pair plus a Special Constable Medal along with a Defence Medal.

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