Patrick Ryan

Royal Air Force

Personal Details

Born: 11 January 1889 in Moyne, Tipperary, Ireland.

Family: It would appear that Patrick was the youngest of three children born to Daniel Ryan, a farmer. He married Nellie H Suker in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Together they had two daughters, Winifred and Edith M.

Residence: In army records of 1918 and the Absent Voters’ List of 1919 his address was 27 Newtown, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1939 Nellie and at least one of their daughters were living at 13 Talbot Crescent, Whitchurch, while Patrick was living at RAF Shawbury. At the time of death in 1956 his address was 15 Talbot Crescent, Whitchurch – probably a mistake and should have been number 13.

Employment: In 1918 Patrick was a kitchen porter. The 1939 register lists him as an RAF batman.

Died: 1956 and was buried on 9 May the same year in Whitchurch cemetery.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Air Force (previously Royal Flying Corps, Labour Corps and The Queen’s Regiment)

Rank: Private

Service Number: 115361 (previously – unknown, 78980 and 49081)

Date of Enlistment: 11 Dec 1915

Date of Discharge: Unknown, documents state war service extended by 2 years but appeared to continue to serve until at least 1939

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Other Information: Discrepancy between year of birth 1887 (1939 register) 1899 (1918 RAF documents), though both 11 Jan.

Medals and Awards

Patrick 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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