John Sumner

John Sumner

Personal Details

Born in Whitchurch in 1882, the eldest son of John and Hannah Sumner of 52 Naylor Street, Crewe, Cheshire.

Military Details

Regiment : 1/4th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry (Territorial Force)

Rank : Private
Service Number : 34553

Killed in Action; France 26th March 1918 Age 36

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

Whitchurch Herald 14th July 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 14th July 1918 relating to the death of John Sumner

"Mrs Sumner, of 52 Naylor Street, Crewe, has received news that her son, Pte; John Sumner, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry has been presumed dead after being missing for about 14 months. He enlisted in September 1914 and after seeing active service he was discharged. However he was recalled, and sent to France. The deceased soldier is a native of Whitchurch, and was 36 years old. He had two brothers who also served in the Army, both of them have been discharged, one has lost the use of one of his arms. Before enlisting Pte; Sumner was employed by Messrs Brummer Mond & Co, Middlewich"

Whitchurch Herald 14th July 1918

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

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