Moses Stanworth

Labour Corps

Personal Details

Born: 8 May 1883 in Wellington, Shropshire and baptised 27 June 1883 at St. George`s Parish Church, Wellington. 

Family:  He was the only son of John Stanworth, an iron worker and his wife Mary Jane, nee Rosson. His mother died in 1883 and his father married Emma Eccleshall in 1888. Moses married Ada May Bowles in 1905 in Wellington. Sadly she died in 1915 and Moses then married Edith Mabel Hall in 1915 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Our research suggests the couple had ten children – Edith, John W, Rachel W, Herbert M, George E, Reginald D, Clement L, Norman P, Alfred C and one unnamed child who died at birth.

Residence: In 1891 and 1901 his family were living in West Street, Wrockwardine Wood, Wellington, Shropshire.By 1911 and married his address was, West View Terrace, St. George`s, Wrockwardine Wood, Wellington. The 1919 Absent Voters` List has an address of 11 Sherrymill Hill, Whitchurch for him. The 1921 Census shows the family living at a lodging house in Pepper Street, Whitchurch, but by 1939 he was living at 12,George Street, Whitchurch.

Employment: In 1901 and 1911 his occupation was given as a coal miner. By 1939 he was a general labourer.

Died: In 1943 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, aged 60.

Military Details

Regiment: Labour Corps (previously Royal Welsh Fusiliers)

Rank: Private

Service Number: 39989 (previously 65418)

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: Not known

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Medals and Awards

Moses 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.


Moses Stanworth — 2 Comments

  1. This was my great grandad he had a son John stanworth who was my grandad (they are all on the Neely released 1921 census. If you have any more info please get in touch this is amazing to find out. 🙂

    • Many thanks for this additional information which has enabled us to identify additional information about Moses Stanworth, his family and residence. We have sent you this additional information and have updated the Great War site
      Terry Fry
      Volunteer, Whitchurch Museum & Archives

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