Colin Campbell Letheren

Canadian Expeditionary Force

Personal Details

Born: 14 August 1898 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family: He was the fourth of six children born to Frederick John Letheren, a master tailor and his wife Nellie, nee Candlin. He married Lillian Leona Hammond on 26 January 1921 in York, Ontario, Canada. Having divorced his first wife he went on to marry Stella Golding Dawley on 4 March 1930 in York, Ontario. The couple had a two sons Glenn, born in 1932, and Keith.

Residence: In 1901 his family were living in Market Street, Oakengates, Priorslee, Shropshire. By 1906 their home was 39 Garden Lane, Chester, Cheshire. In 1907 the family emigrated to Canada and were living at 41 Durham Street, Guelph, Ontario in 1915. In 1921 and now married, his address was 221 Ridley Gardens, Parkdale, Ontario. By 1968 his home was Stewart Street, Halton, Oakville, Ontario.

Education: In 1906 he was attending Victoria Road School, Chester.

Employment: At the time of his Attestation in 1915 his occupation was a clerk, by 1921 a salesman for a magazine and in 1958 an insurance agent.

Died: Possibly 21 December 1971 in Halton, Oakville.

Military Details

Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force (Canadian Field Artillery, Howitzer Brigade)

Rank: Gunner

Service Number: 329964

Date of Enlistment: 26 June 1915

Date of Discharge: 10 June 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Other Information: His brother Frederick Candlin Letheren also served with the Canadian forces in WW1.

Medals and Awards

Colin was awarded the Campaign medals (Victory and British War Medals) and the Canadian War Service Badge

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.

Canadian War Service Badge

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The Canadian War Badge was awarded to members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) who served in the United Kingdom or at the front, and who, due to old age, wounds or sickness, had retired or relinquished their commissions or been honourably discharged.


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