Jack Edge

Royal Navy

Personal Details

Born: 15 January 1892 in Marbury, Cheshire and baptised 1 May the same year in Marbury Parish Church. He was also known as Jack Edwards.

Family: He was the second of eight children born to John Edge, a game keeper, and his wife Maria Jane. He married Eliza Wilkinson in 1925 in Norwich, Norfolk and together they had one child, Ivor.

Residence: In 1901 he lived at Fox Hall, Marbury, Cheshire. In 1939 he lived at Park Gate Farm Building, Bucklow, Cheshire and at the time of his death he was living at Cranford Lodge, Bexton Road, Knutsford, Cheshire.

Employment: When he enlisted in 1911 he was an engine cleaner; in 1939 he was a builder’s labourer.

Died: 17 January 1965, aged 73, at Cranford Lodge Hospital, Knutsford.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Navy

Rank: Ordinary Seaman

Service Number: L2881

Date of Enlistment: 7 June 1911

Date of Discharge: 21 August 1920

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Medals and Awards

Jack 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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