Harry Badrock

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born:  Harry was born on 11 February 1889.

Family:  He was the son of Charles Badrock, a jobbing gardener, and his wife Ellen. He had one sister, Martha. He married Emily Walmsley on the 17 February 1913 in Baddiley, Cheshire. They had 5 children, Charles, George, Nellie, Dorothy and Kate. Sadly, George died in infancy.

Residence:  According to the 1901 Census he was living in Wrexham Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire, but by 1911 he had moved to 7, New Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Upon enlistment his address was given as Bradeley Green, Cheshire. Sometime later that address was changed on his documents to 2 Bark Hill, Whitchurch, Shropshire. This was the address which appeared on the Absent Voters list for Spring 1919. By 1939 Harry and his wife were living at Park Hall, Whittington, Shropshire.

Employment:  In 1911 Harry was employed as groom for Thomas Parker, a veterinary surgeon. In 1939 his occupation was that of a government orderly.

Died:  In Whitchurch, Shropshire in 1965, aged 76.

Military Details

Regiment:  King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Rank:  Private

Service Number:  2523, 200833

Date of Enlistment:   15 October 1914

Date of Discharge:     25 February 1919

Reason for Discharge:  Disembodied

Other Information:  Harry saw active service in France. He spent some time in hospital suffering from trench foot.

Medals and Awards

Harry 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.

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