George Burrows

George Percy Burrows

Personal Details

George Percy Burrows was born in Whitchurch in 1888. He was the second son of George and Emily Burrows of 39, Talbot Street, Whitchurch.

The 1911 Census shows George living in Lichfield and working as a butcher's assistant. George emigrated to Canada in 1912 and when the war broke out he joined the Canadian Infantry. He arrived in England in October 1914 and, after training on Salisbury Plain, embarked for France in February 1915.

George was the brother of William Ernest Burrows who had died less than month earlier on 15th July 1916.

Military Details

Regiment : 14th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Royal Montreal Regiment)
Rank : Private
Service Number : 440282

Killed in Action; Belgium 3rd August 1916 Age 28

Medals and Awards
George was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied 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.

Further Information

Whitchurch Herald 28th August 1916

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 28th August 1916 on the death of George Percy Burrows

Letter received by Mrs Burrows;

"Dear Mrs Burrows,
Will you kindly accept my sincere sympathy and condolence in the decease of that worthy citizen and heroic soldier your son, Pte. G P Burrows, while one cannot too deeply mourn the loss of such a brave comrade, there is a consolation in knowing that he died doing his duty fearlessly and well, and gave his life for the cause of liberty and up building of the Empire. Again extending to you my heart felt sympathy."

Sam Hughes, Major-General

Minister of Militia and Defence for Canada

Whitchurch Herald 28th August 1916

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Information provided by Terry Evanson Whitchurch, Shropshire and Whitchurch Museum and Archives

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