Leonard Wilson

Leonard Wilson

Personal Details

Born in Liverpool, in 1882, the son of Arthur Wilson.

Husband of Martha Jane (nee Owen) Wilson, of 15 Watergate Street, Whitchurch.

Military Details

Regiment : 1st Battalion Border Regiment, formerly 16th Btn. The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) No 25679

Rank : Private
Service Number : 33820

Died of Wounds; United Kingdom 19th September 1917 Age 35

Medals and Awards
Leonard 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 22nd September 1917

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 22nd September 1917 of the death of Leonard Wilson

"The sad news was received on Wednesday afternoon that Drummer Wilson had died in Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield, after undergoing surgery to amputate a leg. He was wounded in the leg when on active service in France, and had been in Hospital for four months, and up to Monday was apparently recovering and looking forward, as he wrote to friend, coming home to Whitchurch. Unfortunately his wound made an operation necessary. This took place on Tuesday under general anaesthetic when he passed away. He was a brilliant pianist and was ever ready to give his services to any good cause while stationed at Prees Heath Camp in the band of the Liverpool Regiment. He married Miss Martha Jane Owen, late of the Star Hotel in 1916, for whom the deepest sympathy is felt in the loss of her husband."

Whitchurch Herald 22nd September 1917

Sheffield Independent 15 September 1917

Report in the Sheffield Independent 15 September 1917 of entertainment provided for wounded soldiers

"An enjoyable entertainment was provided for the wounded soldiers at Wharncliffe (Sheffield) War Hospital by artistes from Lyceum Theatre, Empire and Hippodrome, yesterday. Songs, recitations, and dances were provided by Miss Adeline Duval, Miss Dare Ring, Miss Dillon, Miss Ida Brooks, Miss Mona Warwick, Mr. Billy Howells, Mr. Vernon Crabtree, and Mr. Alec Mayhew. Mr. Harry Barford was the acting stage manager, Private Leonard Wilson accompanist and Sergeant Ford chairman."

Sheffield Independent 15 September 1917

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

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