Alfred Pyne Ledsham

Royal Army Medical Corps

Personal Details

Born: 11 September 1887

Family: The third child of William and Amelia Ledsham of 17 Green End, Whitchurch, Shropshire. On the 14 April 1914 he married Sarah Elizabeth Fleck Saint who died in 1924. Our research suggests that they may have had 2 children together – Derek S and Sallie C M. In 1931 he married Olive G Davies.

Civilian Occupation: He attended the local grammar school and afterwards trained to be an optician and pharmacist.

Residence: In 1939 the Alfred was living at 13 The Butts in the Borough of Brentford and Chiswick.

Died: In September 1972 aged 85.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps

Rank: Corporal

Service Number: 94144

Date of Enlistment: 28 February 1917

Date of Discharge: 2 May 1920

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Medals and Awards

Alfred was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal, and Victory Medal).

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

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