George Dulson

Machine Gun Corps

Personal Details

Born:   George was born 29 March 1894 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Whitchurch on 12 December 1895.

Family:  He was the seventh of nine children born to George Dulson, a paviour, and his wife Elizabeth. No marriage can be found for him.

Residence: On the 1901 Census his family were living at 4 Smallbrook Buildings, Whitchurch but on the 1911 Census and 1919 Absent Voters List his address was given as 6 Raven Yard, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Employment:   In 1911 his occupation was a paviour.

Died:   Not known.

Military Details

Regiment:  Machine Gun Corps (previously Worcester Regiment and King’s Shropshire Light Infantry)

Rank:   Private

Service Number:   159158 (previously 39524 and 2466)

Date of Enlistment:   Not known

Date of Discharge:   Not known

Reason for Discharge:  Not known

Further information:  George’s brother, William, also served in WW1.

Medals and Awards

George 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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