Harry Holding

Labour Corps

Personal Details

Born: 7 July 1876 in Pitchford, Wem, Shropshire.

Family: He was the eldest of three children born to Thomas Holding, a baker, and his wife Emily (the baptism record identifies her as Mary Anne). He married Sarah Ann Roberts (nee Prodger) in 1902 in Whitchurch, Shropshire; no children can be traced for the marriage. Sarah Ann died in 1929 and Harry married Ester Roberts in 1931 in Whitchurch; no children can be traced for this marriage.

Residence: In 1881 he was living in Aston Road, Wem with his parents and siblings. In 1891 he lived with his maternal grandparents at The Weir, Ercall Magna, Wellington, Shropshire. In 1911 he was living in Broughall, Whitchurch and in 1939 at Baddiley Cottages, Baddiley, Nantwich, Cheshire.

Employment: He was a farm worker through his working life.

Died: In 1953 in Crewe, Cheshire, aged 77.

Military Details

Regiment: Labour Corps  (previously Liverpool Regiment)

Rank: Private

Service Number: 41576 (previously 55315)

Date of Enlistment: Not Known

Date of Discharge: Not Known

Reason for Discharge: Not Known

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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