Randle Barlow

Royal Munster Fusiliers

Personal Details

Born:  Randle’s birth was registered in Q4 1882 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. He was baptised as Randolph Barlow on 4 February 1883 at St. Michael’s Parish Church, Marbury, Cheshire.

Family:  He was the third of five children born to Robert Barlow, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Alice, nee Croxton. His siblings were Annie, Lizzie, Robert and Alice. Randle married Gertrude Debanks on 13 September 1910 at St. Michael’s Parish Church, Marbury, Cheshire. They had four children – Alice, Charles, Reginald and ?.  

Residence:  On the 1891 Census he was living at Quoisley, Marbury, Cheshire. By 1901 he was possibly living at The Villa, The Common, Norbury, Cheshire. On the 1911 Census he was living at 3 Terrick Cottages, Whitchurch, Shropshire.  

Employment:  On the 1901 Census Randle was living on a farm and was described as a domestic servant. At the time of his marriage in 1910 and according to the 1911 Census he was a labourer.

Died:  His death was registered in Whitchurch, Shropshire in Q1 1930, aged 47.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Munster Fusiliers (previously 10th Northumberland Fusiliers)

Rank: Private

Service Number: 40892 (previously 55461)

Date of Enlistment:  Not known

Date of Discharge:  Not known

Reason for Discharge:  Not known

Medals and Awards: Victory and British Medal

Medals and Awards

Randle 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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