James Thomas

Labour Corps

Personal Details

Born: 26 January 1878 in Chester, Cheshire.

Family: He married Martha Badrock in 1903 in Chester, Cheshire. The couple had two children, Edith Mabel and Hilda.

Residence: In 1911 James, his wife and two children were living at 22 Green End, Whitchurch, Shropshire. The 1919 Absent Voters` List has an address of 2 Cambrian View, Whitchurch, Shropshire for him. This was also the address on his Pension Ledger and Index Card. In 1939 his family were living at 18 Claypit Street, Whitchurch. This continued to be his address until his death in 1952.

Employment: He was a butcher.

Died: 1952 in Whitchurch, aged 73, and buried in Whitchurch cemetery 12 January 1952.

Military Details

Regiment: Labour Corps (previously King`s Shropshire Light Infantry)

Rank: Private

Service Number: 611849 (previously 237157)

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: 21 March 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Medals and Awards

James 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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