Frederick Beardsall Black

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details

Born: 1871

Family: The third son of William and Mary Black of Watergate Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Frederick married Rosina Harriet Matthews in 1892 and together they had 7 children – Elsie, Eleanor, Henry, John, Rowland, Winifred and Sybil.

Residence: At the time of enlisting he lived at 263 Broomhill Road, Fulwell, Nottingham where the family still lived at the time of the 1939 Register.

Civilian Occupation: Horseman.

Died: July 1945.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps

Rank: Private

Service Number: R4/068233

Date of Enlistment: 3 April 1915

Date of Discharge: 30 April 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation


Medals and Awards

Frederick 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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