John Elsley

John Henry Elsley

Personal Details

John Henry Elsley, born in Yardington, Whitchurch in 1894, the eldest son of John and Eunice Elsley of 30, Yardington, Whitchurch.

John worked in an Ironmongers shop before he enlisted in December 1915 and was discharged on the 25th September 1918, unfit for any Military service because of injuries or sickness.

Military Details

Regiment : 274th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
Rank : Gunner
Service Number : 114606

Died of Illness; United Kingdom 23rd October 1918 Age 23

Whitchurch Cemetery, Mile Bank, Whitchurch, Shropshire

Not on the Commonwealth War Grave website

Medals and Awards
John was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal), together with the Silver War Badge following his discharge through injury

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.

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.

Further Information

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Information provided by Terry Evanson Whitchurch, Shropshire and Whitchurch Museum and Archives


John Elsley — 2 Comments

  1. My husband and his family are distant relatives of John Elsley. Nice to see these brave men being remembered. Does 30 Yardington exist anymore? I couldn’t find it.

    • Sadly that side of Yardington has been demolished. Blocks of flats, Castle Court, now occupy the housing plots

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