Cyril Roles

Cyril Cedric Roles

Personal Details

Cyril Cedric Roles was born in Whitchurch in 1892. He was the second son of Peter and Jane Roles of Castle Hill, Whitchurch.

Cyril enrolled under the name of George Hunt, Hunt being his mother’s maiden name.

There is very little information about Cyril's army records, his death in 1917 or his burial.

Military Details

Regiment : Royal Garrison Artillery
Rank : Bombardier
Service Number : 66131

Died of Wounds; 10th January 1917 aged 25.

Medals and Awards
Cyril 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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Information provided by Terry Evanson Whitchurch, Shropshire and Whitchurch Museum and Archives


Cyril Roles — 1 Comment

  1. Hi Ian, Thanks for the email, I have up to date information on several of the men and will pass it on to you

    Cyril Cedric Rolls served under the name GEORGE HUNT (Mothers maiden name) his military details are;

    ‘B’ (Howitzer) Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Acting Bombardier no 66131. Died of wounds 10th January 1917 age 25 in Mesopotamia. Buried in Amara War Cemetery Iraq

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