Charles Whitfield

Charles Whitfield

Personal Details

Born in Prees, Shropshire in 1895, the fifth son of Charles and Sarah Whitfield of 8 Sandford, Prees, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Husband to Mary Ann Whitfield (nee Cooper) of 4 Higher Road, Harmer Hill, Shropshire and father to Harry C and Charles B.

The 1911 Census shows him as a farm waggoner.

Charles’ eldest brother, Cecil Harry, also lost his life in the Great War.

Military Details

Regiment : 7th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Rank : Lance Corporal
Service Number : 26407, also 4259

Killed in action; France 14 June 1918 Aged 22

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.

Further Information

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Charles Whitfield — 2 Comments

    • The Charles Whitfield killed in WW1 was the brother of Enoch Percy Whitfield. Their father was also called Charles.
      Terry Fry
      Volunteer. Whitchurch Museum & Archives

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