Edward Walford

Edward Walford

Personal Details

Born in Whitchurch in 1890, the third son of George and Harriet Walford of 28 Watergate Street, Whitchurch.

Edward worked as a coach builder before joining the Army.

Military Details

Regiment : 11th (Service) Battalion Cheshire Regiment, formerly Hereford Regiment No 239302

Rank : Private
Service Number : 260176

Died of Illness; Germany (Former Prisoner of War) 7th February 1919 Age 29

Medals and Awards
Edward 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

Whitchurch Herald 1st June 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 1st June 1918 of a post card received by Mr. and Mrs. Walford from their son, Edward Walford

"Mr & Mrs Walford received a post card from their son, Edward, who is a prisoner of war in Germany"

Whitchurch Herald 1st June 1918

Whitchurch Herald 15th February 1919

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 15th February 1919 of a letter received by Mrs. Walford regarding the death of her son, Edward Walford

"Dear Mrs Walford I deeply regret to tell you your son passed away this morning at 03.45 on the 7th February 1919. He was in a very, very, poor condition when he came to us
B Edmund,
No 36 Casualty Clearing Station, BEF"

Whitchurch Herald 15th February 1919

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Information provided by Terry Evanson Whitchurch, Shropshire and Whitchurch Museum and Archives

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