George Frederick Barron

Machine Gun Corps

Personal Details

Born: 24 August 1892 and baptised on 16 October 1892 at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire         

Family:  He was one of  five children born to George Barron, a coach builder, and his wife Eleanor. His siblings were Constance, Joseph, Kate and Marion. George married Alice M Poole in 1925 and together they had one child John F.

Residence:  In 1901 his family were living at 24 Dodington, Whitchurch, Shropshire, but by 1911 they had moved to 13 Talbot Street. The address given for him on the Absent Voters List for Spring 1919 was 23 Bark Hill, Whitchurch, Shropshire. The 1939 Register shows them living at 26 Station Road, Malling, Kent.

Employment:  According to the 1911 Census, George was working as a baker. In 1939 his occupation is a carpenter.

Death:  Quarter 1 1968 in Maidstone,Kent, aged 75


Military Details

Regiment:  Machine Gun Corps

Rank:  Private

Service Number:  103478

Date of Enlistment:  6 December 1915

Date of Discharge:  28 May 1919

Reason for Discharge:  Sickness

Other Information:  On George`s Pension Record Card it was stated that he had fibrosis of the lung and the degree of disability was 100%. He was awarded a Silver War Badge and on those records it also stated that he had served overseas.

Medals and Awards

George was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal, and Victory Medal) and the Silver War Badge

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.

Silver War Badge

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The Silver War Badge was issued in the United Kingdom and the British Empire to service personnel who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness from military service in World War I. The badge, sometimes known as the "Discharge Badge", the "Wound Badge" or "Services Rendered Badge", was first issued in September 1916, along with an official certificate of entitlement.

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