Allinson Elsdon Wyatt

Allinson Elsdon Wyatt

Personal Details

Born: 27 July 1895 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 20 September the same year at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch.

Family: He was the youngest of three children born to Thomas Henry Wyatt, an engineer and his wife Ada, nee Parry. He married Marion McIntosh Cook on 18 September 1923 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The couple had two children, Yvonne and Tom.

Residence: At the time of his baptism in 1895 until at least 1911 his family were living at 178 Wrexham Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. He and his mother seem to have emigrated to Canada in 1913. He gave an address of 715 Stanley Street, Nelson, British Columbia on his Attestation in 1914, however by 1919 that had changed to 542 Montreal Street, Victoria. This was still his address in 1921.

Employment: In 1909 he was apprenticed to a carriage builder; in 1914 he was a chauffeur, but by 1921 he was a brakesman on the railway. At the time of his death in 1972 his occupation was stated as a retired refrigeration repairman.

Died: 30 January 1972 at the Veterans` Hospital, Victoria, Canada, aged 76.

Military Details

Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force (Canadian Infantry, 1st British Columbia Regiment)

Rank: Private

Service Number: 23455

Date of Enlistment: 22 September 1914

Date of Discharge: 2 June 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Medals and Awards

Allinson was awarded the Campaign medals (Victory and British War Medals)

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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