Edwin Morris Venables

Canadian Expeditionary Force

Personal Details

Born: 11 April 1870 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 8 June the same year at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch.

Family: He was the third of nine children born to William Venables, a grocer and his wife, Sarah Lucy, nee Hughes. He married Alberta Elizabeth Berney on 24 December 1900 in Winchester, Manitoba, Canada. The couple had four children, William Edwin, Evelene Beatrice, Lily May and Dorothy Lucy.

Residence: In 1871 his family were living in High Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire and in 1881 in Venables Yard, Whitchurch. He emigrated to Canada in 1885/6. In 1901 he and his wife were living in Brandon, Manitoba and between 1906 and 1911 their home was in Boissevain, Souris, Manitoba. In 1921 he was living in Sprague, Provencher, Manitoba.

Employment: In 1901 he was a farmer and in 1906 an agent in a lumber yard. On his enlistment in 1915 his occupation was a salesman, however on the 1921 Census he was a farmer.

Died: 15 November 1925 in Sprague, Manitoba, aged 55.

Military Details

Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force 

Rank: Lance Corporal

Service Number: 151984

Date of Enlistment: 29 July 1915

Date of Discharge: 7 December 1918

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Medals and Awards

Edwin was awarded the Victory Medal

Victory Medal

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

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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