Benjamin Minshall Young

Machine Gun Corps

Personal Details

Born: 30 December 1894 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family: His mother and father were John and Mary Ellen Young and he had six brothers and sisters Nellie, James, William, Irene, Doris and Gwendoline. He married Florence Benting in 1915 and it would seem that they had eight children – Phyllis, Benjamin W., John, Benjamin M.,Brenda, Ruth, Lawrence and Donald. It is possible that Benjamin W. died in childhood as they appear to have two children called Benjamin.

Residence:   1901 census shows him living at 5 Scotland Street, Whitchurch. The 1911 census, Whitchurch, Shropshire Urban Absent Voters’ Register for Spring 1919 and the 1939 England and Wales Register all show him living at 7 Scotland Street, Whitchurch. Cemetery and Probate records show that he was living at Yew Tree Cottage, Tilstock Lane, Prees Heath when he died.

Employment: He started as an apprentice bricklayer at 16. The 1939 England and Wales Register shows that he progressed to being a Master Builder.

Died: 8 May 1977, aged 82, in North Shropshire and was buried on 20 May the same year in Whitchurch cemetery.

Military Details

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps

Rank: Private

Service Number: 58362

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: Not known

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Medals and Awards

Benjamin 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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