Frederick John Woollam

Labour Corps

Personal Details

Born: January 1888.

Family: The second son of John and Mary Woollam of 32 Westleigh House, Talbot Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In December 1912 he married Sara Emma Mary Eaglesfield at West Bromwich and together they had one child, Eric.

Civilian Occupation: He was employed as an ironmonger’s assistant and moved to Salisbury where he worked for Messrs Woodrow and Co. 

Residence: His probate record indicates he was living at 65 West Parade, Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales when he died. 

Died: On 2 June 1957 aged 69.

Military Details

Regiment: Labour Corps (previously Army Ordnance Corps)

Rank: Private

Service Number: 359516 (previously 023422)

Date of Enlistment: 6 December 1915

Date of Discharge: 6 November 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Other Information: He was stationed in Egypt during the war and suffered with rheumatism. 

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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