George Haycocks

Army Service Corps

Personal Details

Born: In April 1898.

Family: The sixth child of Thomas Henry and Mary Haycocks of 8 Smallbrook Buildings, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Civilian Occupation: Prior to the war he worked as a baker and van driver.  

Other Information: Brother to John William Haycocks, killed in action 22 March 1918.

Military Details

Regiment: Army Service Corps

Rank: Private

Service Number: S/314141

Date of Enlistment: 2 June 1916

Date of Discharge: 9 March 1920

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

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.


George Haycocks — 3 Comments

  1. George Haycocks was married to Juliette Jennequin (first cousin of my late husband’s grandfather). Date of marriage not known (between demobilization 1920 and census 1926). He is on the 1926 census, living Rue des Coches, Amiens: place of birth Whitchurch,husband of Juliette, occupation waiter in the family-owned café. Juliette remarried in 1931 and her marriage cert says she was widowed of George Haycocks on the 12th July 1929 (place of his death not stated but presumably in the Somme Département).

    • Many thanks for this information Veronica – we now know why we couldn’t find any information on George in the local area

  2. Glad this information is useful to your project. I have applied for a full death certificate for him. If successful, I will be happy to send you details. Kind regards Veronica Jennequin

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