John Vincent Walter Hales

Coldstream Guards Regiment

Personal Details

Born: 4 August 1888.

Family: The third child of Walter and Sarah Emily Hales of Grindley Brook, Whitchurch, Shropshire. John married Ada Chesters in 1915 and together they had 6 children – Harold, Edith, Frances, Nora, Kathleen and Lilian.

Civilian Occupation: He worked as a groom. In 1939 he was a carter horseman.

Residence: In 1939 he was living at 8 Wayland Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Died: In December 1939 aged 51.




Military Details

Regiment: Coldstream Guards

Rank: Private

Service Number: 19298

Date of Enlistment: 30 November 1915

Date of Discharge: 13 April 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Medals and Awards

John 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.


John Vincent Walter Hales — 2 Comments

  1. Lovely to read about my grandad whom we never meet but was told loads of stories by my mum Kathleen she worshiped him ,after he died she herself joined the army A T S .She then married my dad Harry Evanson and had 9 children 5boys 4 girls .

    • Glad to have rekindled happy memories. We are working our way through the hundreds of men who served and survived from the Whitchurch area.

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