George Fowles

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born: In 1887 and baptised 4 May 1887 at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family: He was one of six children born to John Fowles, a butcher, and his wife Catherine. No marriage can be located for George.

Residence: In 1891 the family were living at 2 Groom`s Yard, Whitchurch, but ten years later they had moved to 38 Watergate Street, Whitchurch. By 1911 George was a boarder at 16 Bark Hill, Whitchurch. The address given for him on the Spring Absent Voters List for Whitchurch was 144 Wrexham Road, Whitchurch.

Employment: In 1911 George was employed as a butcher`s labourer.

Died: Not known

Military Details

Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Rank: Private

Service Number: 22424

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: 28 June 1919

Reason for Discharge: Not known

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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