Herbert Bebbington

Herbert Bebbington

Personal Details

Born in Audlem in 1887, the third son of Thomas and Ann Bebbington of Willaston, Cheshire.

In 1911, Herbert was employed as a compositor.

Herbert enlisted in Whitchurch in August 1914, promoted Corporal in January 1915, and Sergeant in April 1915. He was a resident of Whitchurch for several years before enlisting.

Military Details

Regiment : 5th (Service) Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Rank : Sergeant
Service Number : 11461

Killed in Action; Belgium, 25th September 1915 Age 27

Medals and Awards
Herbert was awarded the Campaign Medals (1915 Star, British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal)

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.

Further Information

Nantwich Guardian 8th October 1915

Report in the Nantwich Guardian 8th October 1915 regarding the death of Herbert Bebbington

"Mr. Thomas Bebbington, of Nantwich, has been officially informed of the death of his son, Sergeant Herbert Bebbington, 5th Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry, in France, on September 25th. Sergeant Bebbington, who served his time as a printer with Mr. A. E. Hill, of Nantwich and was afterwards in the employ of Messrs. F. Pooley and Co., joined the battalion at Whitchurch in the first week of the war. He was instrumental in raising 100 men for the battalion. He was a most efficient soldier, and rapidly rose to the rank of sergeant. He will be remembered by many people as a playing member of Nantwich Cricket Club, and as a good bowler. Mr. T. Bebbington has two other sons serving with the forces. William Thornton Bebbington with the Canadian Contingent, and the other is in the Navy."

Nantwich Guardian 8th October 1915

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

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