Percy George Mellor

Royal Navy

Personal Details

Born: 13 January 1894

Family: The sixth child of Thomas and Mary Mellor of Prees Wood, Prees, Shropshire. In 1913 he married Frances Annie Jones and was father to George, Leslie, Edith Lillian and Frederick Arthur.

Civilian Occupation: In 1911 he was employed as a farm hand; in 1939 he was a verger, caretaker and domestic gardener.

Died: On 6 February 1986 aged 92.


Military Details

Regiment: Royal Navy

Rank: Able Seaman

Service Number: R/4641

Date of Enlistment: 10 December 1915

Date of Discharge: 23 April 1919

Reason for Discharge: Invalided out

Other Information: He received a gunshot wound to the left thigh which ultimately led to his discharge from the service. 

Medals and Awards

Percy 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.


Percy George Mellor — 3 Comments

    • Many thanks for this information Annie. I’ll get the names of the children added on the website asap. I don’t suppose you have a photograph of Percy in his WW1 uniform that we could use ?
      Thanks again
      Judith (volunteer curator)

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