Frank Pass

Frank Pass

Personal Details

(Shown as ‘Frank Fredrick Pass’ on CWGC.)

Frank Frederick Pass was born in Aston, Nantwich, Cheshire in 1892, the third son of Jeffrey James and the late Elizabeth Pass of Aston, Nantwich, Cheshire.

His occupation is shown in the 1911 Census as farm labourer.

Military Details

Regiment : 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards
Rank : Private
Service Number : 20996

Died of wounds; France 9th April 1918 Aged 26

Medals and Awards
Frank 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

Nantwich Guardian 10 May 1918

Report in the Nantwich Guardian 10th May 1918 regarding the death of Frank Frederick Pass

“Died of Wounds.- Private Frank Pass, of Wrenbury, has died of wounds received in action. He leaves a widow and one child. Previous to joining the Army he was employed at Mr. Mountfield’s, Aston House Farm, Aston, Wrenbury, and had been serving nearly 18 months, when he received wounds which have proved fatal.”

Nantwich Guardian 10th May 1918

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