John Faulkner

Clive Richard Barber

Personal Details

Born in Chorley, Nantwich, Cheshire in 1899, the eldest son of John and Ellen Sarah Faulkner of Chorley Bank, Nantwich, Cheshire.

Military Details

Regiment : 1st/6th Battalion The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)
Rank : Private
Service Number : 101291

Killed in action; France 25 June 1918 Aged 19

Medals and Awards
John was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied 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.

Further Information

Chester Chronicle 13 July 1918

Report in the Chester Chronicle 13 July 1918 regarding the death of John Faulkner

We regret to record the death of Rifleman John Faulkner King's (Liverpool) Regiment, only surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Faulkner of Chorley Bank. Rifleman Faulkner, who was only 19, joined the army in June 1917, and was drafted to France in April this year. In two letters from his officers it is stated that Rifleman Faulkner was one of a party who were going to the baths, and they had just entered the building when a shell struck it. Rifleman Faulkner was severely wounded in the left knee and died soon after he was admitted into hospital. Great sympathy is felt for this family."

Chester Chronicle 13 July 1918

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