Oliver Welch

Royal Engineers

Personal Details

Born: 23 November 1888.

Family: The third child of Thomas and Sarah Welch of House Farm Yard, Cholmondeley Woods, Cholmondeley, Cheshire. He married Gladys E Tarrant in 1919 and was father to Reece W and Vanda M (shown as Pamela M on the 1939 Register).

Civilian Occupation: Prior to enlisting he was a labourer/joiner by trade and worked on the Cholmondeley Estate. In 1939 he worked as a motor driver for a grocer.

Residence: After marrying Gladys he settled in Horsham, Sussex and in 1939 was living in Warnham Court, Horsham, Sussex.

Died: Date of death is unknown.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Engineers

Rank: Sapper

Service Number: 51031

Date of Enlistment: 10 September 1914

Date of Discharge: 21 March 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Other Information: He served in East Africa during the war.

Medals and Awards

Oliver 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.

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