Arthur Malcolm Venables

Royal Air Force

Personal Details

Born: 19 October 1897.

Family: The fifth child of Samuel Hughes and Sarah Jane Venables of Glendale House, 34 Talbot Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Brother of Harry Venables who died of illness 15 November 1918 and is commemorated on the Whitchurch Town memorial. He married Dorothy May Savill in 1924 and together they had one child, Audrey J.

Civilian Occupation: He was a fitter and turner by trade. 

Residence: In 1919 he was living at Glendale House, but by 1939 he was living at Martlesham, Alkington Rd, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Died: In December 1971 aged 74.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Air Force (previously Royal Naval Air Service)

Rank: Mechanic

Service Number: 2272976 (previously F/27976)

Date of Enlistment: 29 March 1917

Date of Discharge: 25 February 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Medals and Awards

Arthur was awarded the British War Medal.

The British War Medal

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.

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