Herbert Hallmark

John Henry Hassall

Personal Details

Born in Bettisfield, Flintshire in 1880, the second son of the late William and the late Emily Hallmark of New House Farm, Bettisfield, Flintshire.

Husband to Maria Hallmark (nee Powell) of Rose Cottage, Hampton Bank, Welshampton, Shropshire and father to Annie, Emma, May and Francis.

The 1911 Census shows Herbert as a cowman on a farm.

Military Details

Regiment : 5th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Rank : Private
Service Number : 17893

Killed in action; France 30 August 1916 Aged 36 (note the CWGC certificate shows date of death as 10 August 1916)

Medals and Awards
Herbert 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

Will of Herbert Edward Hallmark
Hallmark, Herbert Edward of Rose Cottage Hampton Bank Welshampton near Ellesmere Shropshire private King’s Shropshire Light Infantry died 30 August 1916 in France Administration (with Will) London 22 December to Maria Hallmark widow. Effects £191 15s.

Taken from Forces War Records

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