|Name:||John (Jack) Malia|
|Service Record:||Reg. No. 9306|
|Story|| My wife's Grandfather John (Jack) Malia was born Feb. 6th 1888 in Sunderland with brothers James and William who also served in the war. Jack lived most of his life in Boldon Colliery.
Some people will remember him as the signalman at the railway crossing, now long gone at Boldon Colliery.
Jack joined the Army in 1907 a keen sportsman he played football in the regimental team. Border Regiment Reg. No. 9306. It was while he was stationed at Chesterfield on Dec. 12th. 1910 that he married his Wife Violet Elizabeth at All Saints Church Chesterfield.
Jack served in France during the 1st World War. Jack was awarded the D.C.M for conspicuous gallantry. He was also awarded the Silver War Badge one of World War 1's most distinguished awards given to men discharged with a serious wound or illness. He was promoted to Corporal then to Lance Corporal. He was then promoted to C.S.M presumably as a result of the gallantry he displayed which led to his D.C.M The injury he sustained resulted in the loss of his left leg. After the War he returned at first to Sunderland and then to Boldon where he continued to live until his death on May 10th. 1967.
Source: J . Kirton