James Henry Simmons

Royal Naval Division

Personal Details

Born: 27 April 1899 in Pitchford, Shropshire.

Family: He was the eldest of three children born to James Simmons, a gamekeeper, and his wife Ann Elizabeth. He married Mabel Hulme in 1923 in Market Drayton and together they had seven children – James W, Barbara J, Vernon Bernard, Marjorie J, Gerald, Arnold Victor and Delia M.

Residence: In 1901 he lived at Woodside Cottage, Coton, Wem, Shropshire; by 1911 the family had moved to Hartsmere Cottages, Coton. When he enlisted he gave his address as Gamekeeper’s Lodge, Marbury, Shropshire; in 1920 he was living at Townley Villa, Marbury. In 1939 Mabel and the children were living at 6 Gravels Terrace, Clun, Shropshire.

Employment: In 1915 he was a gardener.

Died: In 1970 in Liverpool, Lancashire.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Naval Division

Rank: Ordinary Seaman

Service Number: Bristol, Z/1144

Date of Enlistment: 14 September 1915

Date of Discharge: 29 December 1915

Reason for Discharge: Underage 

Other Information: He stated his date of birth on enlisting as 27 April 1897, whereas he was born on 27 April 1899.

Medals and Awards

James was awarded the British War Medal

British War Medal

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.



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