James Holbrook

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born: 18 April 1864 in Hanmer, Flintshire, Wales

Family: He was the eldest of five children (he had a twin brother John) born to Benjamin Holbrook, a bricklayer, and his wife Ann. He married Nellie Green on 20 November 1895 in Marbury Parish Church, Cheshire and together they had four children – Nellie Elizabeth F, Beatrice, Doris Patricia and James Archibald.

Residence: In 1871 the family were living at 20 Newtown Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1901 and now married, James was living with his family in Norbury, Cheshire; by 1911 he had moved to 15 Edgerton Road, Whitchurch. Between 1916 and 1939 he was living at 572 Leek Road, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

Employment: He was a postman all his working life.

Died: In 1948 in Stoke on Trent, aged 84.

Military Details

Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Rank: Sergeant

Service Number: 96

Date of Enlistment: 27 April 1908

Date of Discharge: 11 October 1916

Reason for Discharge: Sickness

Medals and Awards

James was awarded the Campaign Medals (British war medal and Victory medal) Territorial Force War Medal and Silver War Badge (number 105240)

Campaign Medals

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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.

Territorial Force War Medal

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The Territorial Force War Medal was a campaign medal awarded to members of the British Territorial Force and Territorial Force Nursing Services who served overseas in World War I; it is the rarest of the five British Great War medals.

The medal was established in April 1920 for award to members of the Territorial Force and Territorial Force Nursing Services who volunteered for service overseas on or before 30 September 1914, and served overseas. They had to have been serving with the force on 4 August 1914 or have completed four years service with the force before 4 August 1914 and rejoined the force on or before 30 September 1914.

Silver War Badge

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The Silver War Badge was issued in the United Kingdom and the British Empire to service personnel who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness from military service in World War I. The badge, sometimes known as the "Discharge Badge", the "Wound Badge" or "Services Rendered Badge", was first issued in September 1916, along with an official certificate of entitlement.


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