Richard Rycroft

Richard John Edge Rycroft

Personal Details

Richard John Edge Rycroft was born in Isycoed, Flintshire in 1881. Richard was the eldest son of Oswald and Elizabeth Rycroft.

Richard was the husband of Cecilia Ann (nee Hewitt) Rycroft of Ossmere Cottages, Whitchurch; he was the father of Cecilia Ann, Harry, Mary, John Thomas, Lily and William Albert.

Richard worked as a Cheese Maker for Mr John Joyce of Wickstead, Whitchurch before joining the Army.

Richard’s son William Albert was killed in the second World War, and his name also appears on the Whitchurch War Memorial in Station Road.

Military Details

Regiment : 183rd Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Rank : Private
Service Number : 30391

Died of Wounds; France 20th June 1916 Age 35

Medals and Awards
Richard was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied 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.

Further Information

Whitchurch Herald 29th July 1916

Letter in the Whitchurch Herald 29th July 1916 on the death of Richard John Edge Rycroft

"Dear Madam, I regret to have to write and inform you that your husband was brought into this Hospital seriously wounded during the night of the 19th July, and died on Thursday July 20th. You have the consolation of feeling that his suffering in so far as he felt any pain were of slight duration, and while you mourns his loss, you can not but feel that he has given his life for his country and died a noble death. Let me assure you of my sympathy."

Chaplain, Casualty Clearing Station

Whitchurch Herald 29th July 1916

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Information provided by Terry Evanson Whitchurch, Shropshire and Whitchurch Museum and Archives

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