Frederick George Ankers

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born: Baptised 20 January 1886

Family: Eldest son and second of six children born to John and Charlotte Ankers. In 1919 he married May Williamson at Whitchurch, Shropshire and together they had two children, Frederick G and Elizabeth M.

Residence: In 1891 Frederick was living with his parents and three siblings in Sherrymill Hill, Whitchurch, Shropshire. By 1901 he was living and working in Oldcastle near Malpas, Cheshire. Ten years later he was living at 14b Dodington, Whitchurch, Shropshire with his mother and youngest brother.

Employment: At 15 he was working as a cattleman at Oldcastle farm, near Malpas, Cheshire. In 1911 his employment was that of labourer.

Died: At Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 1954.

Military Details

Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Rank: Private

Service Number: 11458

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: Not known

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Other Information: He was one of five brothers who enlisted in the Army during WW1. Thomas Ankers died and is commemorated on Whitchurch War Memorial while the other four survived.

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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