Herbert Thomas Henshall

Royal Garrison Artillery

Personal Details

Born: In 1881 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family: He married Emily Allen in 1904 in Chorlton, Lancashire and together they had one child, William.

Residence: In 1911 he was living at 24 Dane Road, Sale, Cheshire; in 1914 he lived at 86 Dane Road, Sale.

Employment: He was a grocer.

Died: In 1936, age 55, in Bucklow, Cheshire.

Military Details

RegimentRoyal Garrison Artillery

Rank: Gunner

Service Number: 181132

Date of Enlistment: 26 October 1917

Date of Discharge: 27 January 1918

Reason for Discharge: Invalided out as a result of gas shell poisoning

Other Information: On 12 May 1918 he received shell gas poisoning and was invalided back to a hospital in the UK.

Medals and Awards

Herbert 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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