Ernest Walker

John William Frost

Personal Details

Ernest Overton Walker, born in Bronington, Flintshire, Wales on 13 October 1895, the only son of Ernest and Ellen Walker of Brook Farm, Ossage Lane, Whixall, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

The 1911 Census shows Ernest working on his father’s farm.

Military Details

Regiment : 6th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Rank : Private
Service Number : 22089

Killed in action; France 4 September 1916 Aged 20

Medals and Awards
Ernest 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

Will of Ernest Overton Walker
Walker: Ernest Overton of Brook Farm Ossage-lane Whixall Shropshire private 6th battalion Shropshire Light Infantry died 4 September 1916 in France Administration London 5 December to Ernest Walker farmer. Effects £116 9s. 9d.

Taken from Forces War Records

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