George Henry Edge

Royal Air Force

Personal Details

Born: 18 January 1896 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 1 March the same year in the United Reformed Church, Whitchurch.

Family: He was the only child of George Edge, a builder, and his wife Emily. He married Annie A Crowson in 1919 in Peterborough, Northamptonshire and together they had three children – Marie L E, Terence George and Gerald George.

Education: He attended Whitchurch Grammar School between 7 May 1907 and 3 April 1912.

Residence: At the time of his baptism, his parents were living in Wrexham Road, Whitchurch. In 1907 he lived at Oakleigh, Chester Road, Whitchurch where he continued to live until at least 1919. In 1939 he was living at The Gables, Tarporley Road, Whitchurch where he continued to live until his death.

Employment: When he enlisted he declared his occupation as a carpenter and joiner. In 1939 he was a builder’s merchant.

Died: 28 April 1963 in Whitchurch, aged 67, and was buried on 1 May the same year in Whitchurch cemetery.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Air Force (previously Royal Flying Corps)

Rank: Air mechanic

Service Number: 228650 (previously F28650)

Date of Enlistment: 26 April 1917

Date of Discharge: 9 February 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Medals and Awards

William was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War 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.

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