Frank Oulton

Machine Gun Corps

Personal Details

Born: 6 June 1893 in Preston, Lancashire.

Family: He was the youngest of five children born to Thomas Nuttall Oulton, a farmer, and his wife Mary, nee Sheen. No definite marriage can be located for Frank.

Residence:  In 1901 his family were living at Ridley Hill, Ridley, Cheshire. By 1911 they had moved to Tarporley Road, Whitchurch. An address of The Laurels, Tarporley Road was given for him on the 1919 Absent Voters` List. The 1939 register showed him at Church Farm, Old Letterston, Cheshire

Employment: Frank was an agricultural labourer.

Died:  In 1976 in the Chester and Ellesmere Port Registration District.

Military Details

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps

Rank: Private

Service Number: 128010

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: 9 March 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Medals and Awards

Frank 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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