Reginald Ernest Davenport

Notts & Derbyshire

Personal Details

Born: 1892

Family: The only son of Thomas and Elizabeth Davenport of South Street, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He had four sisters, Genia, Elizabeth, Gertrude and Gladys. Reginald married Dorothy Annie Jaines in March 1918 whilst on leave.

Civilian Occupation: On leaving school he became a farm worker.

Died: In 1930 aged 38.



Military Details

Regiment: Notts & Derbyshire

Rank: Private

Service Number: 3545  (previously 241122)

Date of Enlistment: 13 November 1914

Date of Discharge: 25 May 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Other Information: He enlisted in Burton on the 13 November 1914 and was stationed in England until March 1916 when he embarked for France. He was awarded the Good Conduct badge in November 1916. He was wounded in action June 1917 with a gunshot wound to the left leg. 

Medals and Awards

Reginald 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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