25th County of London Cyclist Battalion
The London Regiment


Ezra Janes was born in 1890 in Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire, the son of Jeffrey Janes, an agricultural labourer, and Emma (nee Brandom).

Ezra developed TB of the lung in May 1916 which the Army doctors attributed to sleeping in wet blankets whilst stationed at Richmond Park, London. Treated at Fovant Military Hospital, Wiltshire he was discharged medically unfit for Military service 13 February 1917 having only served in the UK. It appears from the death indexes that he died in the last quarter of 1918 in Hertfordshire.

Only his Pension records survive and they have him in the 10th Bn. London Regt. No mention is made in them to the 25th Bn. However his medal card says the 25th Bn. as does the Silver War Badge roll.

Pension Records

Proceedings on Discharge

  • Ezra Janes, Private, no.25/3819, Cyclist, 10th (Res) Bn. London Regt.

  • Enlisted 15 Nov 1915 at Kingston. Mobilised 13 Apr 1916. Served only in UK.

  • Date of discharge - 13 Feb 1917 at London

  • Age - 27 yrs, born Eddlesborough, Bucks.

  • Intended address - 20 Union St, Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey.

  • Admitted to Isolation Hospital, Mortlake 4 Jun 1917 to 18 Aug 1917.

  • Latest address - Isolation Hospital, South Worple Way, Barnes.

  • Children - Donald Leslie 20 Nov 1913, Eric William 28 Mar 1915, Brenda May 23 Oct 1916 (died 3 Jun 1917).

  • Occupation - Fishmonger & Poulterer.

  • Being no longer fit for war service.

  • Disability - T.B. - Originated May 1916 at Richmond Park. Took a chill from sleeping in wet blankets. Total & Permanent disability.

  • Chelsea Pensioner no. 111269 E.


Silver War Badge the reverse numbered 22914. Accompanying copy roll entry :-
3819 Private Ezra Janes, 25th Battalion London Regiment (Cyclists).
This badge was issued to British service personnel who retired or were discharged owing to wounds, ill health or having reached the age of 51.


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