George Nunnerley

Canadian Expeditionary Force

Personal Details

Born: 26 March 1887 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 11 October 1887 at St Alkmund`s Church, Whitchurch.

Family: He was the youngest of six children born to Thomas Nunnerley, a farmer and his wife Mary Ann, nee Pearson. He married Maggie Leslie Plumb on 2 August 1933 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. The couple had one child.

Residence: From the time of his baptism until at least 1911 his family were living at Bradeley Green, Wirswall, Whitchurch, Shropshire. An address of 16 Kitchener Court, McMillan Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada was given for him when he was discharged from the Army in 1919.

Employment: In 1911 he was a dairy manager and in 1914, a creamery manager.

Died: 11 October 1954 in Manitoba, Canada, aged 67.

Military Details

Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force (Royal Canadian Dragoons)

Rank: Trooper

Service Number: 14516

Date of Enlistment: 24 September 1914

Date of Discharge: 28 February 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Other Information: His brother, Arthur, also served in WW1 and died of wounds in Belgium on 27 April 1915, aged 29. His brother, John Edward, served in the Boer War.

Medals and Awards

George was awarded the Campaign medals (1914 Star, Victory and British War Medals)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The 1914 Star (also known as 'Pip') was authorised under Special Army Order no. 350 in November 1917 and by an Admiralty Fleet Order in 1918, for award to officers and men of the British and Indian Expeditionary Forces who served in France or Belgium between 5 August and midnight of 22–23 November 1914. The former date is the day after Britain's declaration of war against the Central Powers, and the closing date marks the end of the First Battle of Ypres.

The 1914–15 Star (also known as 'Pip') was instituted in December 1918 and was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces who served against the Central European Powers in any theatre of the Great War between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915. The period of eligibility was prior to the introduction of the Military Service Act 1916, which instituted conscription in Britain.

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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