Edwin Hamlet

Cheshire Regiment

Personal Details

Born: 21 January 1899 in Nantwich, Cheshire and baptised on 5 March 1899 in St Mary’s Church, Wistaston, Cheshire.

Family: He was the second of three children of Edwin Hamlet, a platelayer’s labourer, and his wife Mary. He married Elsie Davies in 1925 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and together they had one child, Roy.

Residence: The family were living at 5 Orchard Street, Wistaston, Cheshire when Edwin was baptised. By 1901 they had moved to 5 Eastern Road, Willaston, Nantwich and by 1911 to 10 Mill Cottages, Grindley Brook, Whitchurch. This is the address shown on the 1919 Absent Voters’ Register. In 1939 Edwin, his wife and son were living at 58 Talbot Street, Whitchurch.

Employment: In 1939 Edwin was a fireman working for the LMS Railway.

Died: In December 1960, in Shrewsbury, aged 61.

Military Details

Regiment: Cheshire Regiment (previously King’s Shropshire Light Infantry)

Rank: Private

Service Number: 69088 (previously 31515)

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: Not known

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Medals and Awards

Edwin was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and 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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