Ernest Edward Nye

Labour Corps

Personal Details

Born: 7 April 1882

Family: The third child of John Henry & Eliza Nye of Bargates, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Ernest married Elizabeth Cairns on the 9 July 1905 and together they had 4 children – Ernest Edward, Beatrice, Elizabeth & Arthur William.

Residence: In 1891 Ernest was living with his maternal grandmother in Claypit Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. After he married, in 1911 the family were living at 137 Towson Street, Everton, Lancashire and by 1939 had moved to 37 Robsart Street, Liverpool, Lancashire.

Civilian Occupation: He was working at Liverpool docks when he enlisted. The 1939 register records him as a Corporation labourer.

Died: In 1946 aged 64.

Military Details

Regiment: Labour Corps (previously Lancashire Fusiliers)

Rank: Private

Service Number: 431842 (previously 9427)

Date of Enlistment: 24 June 1916

Date of Discharge: 25 March 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Further information: He was entitled to wear a wound stripe following being wounded in action.

Medals and Awards

Ernest 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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