Harold John Parton

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Personal Details

Born: 14 June 1886 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church on 5 September the same year.

Family: He was the second of four children born to William Parton, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Ann. He married Ada Sumner in 1940 in Whitchurch and together they had one child, Harold J.

Residence: In 1891 he lived at Black Park, Brick Kiln Lane, Whitchurch; in 1911 he was visiting his sister and her husband at 47 Yardington, Whitchurch. The 1919 Absent Voters’ Register shows his address as 47 Newtown, Whitchurch; he lived at this address in 1939.

Employment: In 1911 he was a dock porter; in 1939 he was a general labourer.

Died: In 1952 in Whitchurch, aged 65.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Rank: Petty Officer

Service Number: Mersey Z/447

Date of Enlistment: 31 May 1915

Date of Discharge: Not known

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Medals and Awards

Harold 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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