Charles Bebbington

Charles Bebbington

Personal Details

Born in No Mans Heath, Malpas, Cheshire in 1896, the third son of Ellis and Beatrice Bebbington of Hampton, near Malpas, Cheshire.

Husband to Beatrice Bebbington (nee Clorley) (married 1916) of 5 Roving Bridge, Whixall, Shropshire and father to Florence M, who was born after his death.

Charles was a cowman prior to enlisting in May 1916.

Military History

Regiment : South Wales Borderers, posted to 2nd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment
Rank : Private
Service Number : 15034, formerly 4685

Killed in action; France 16 January 1917 Aged 21

Medals and Awards

Charles was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied 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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Charles Bebbington — 2 Comments

    • Many thanks for your enquiry. Charles Bebbington (died WW1) only had one daughter so he will have no direct male descendants (named Bebbington). He had 5 brothers one of whom could be an ancestor of your Charles Bebbington. Would you be able to provide any more information to help our research to answer your question – eg the name of his wife, the names of any children, when he was born, the name of his farm? Looking forward to hearing from you

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