Robert Mainwaring Wynne-Eyton

Canadian Expeditionary Force

Personal Details

Born: 12 January 1886 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 19 February 1886 at St. Michael`s Parish Church, Marbury, Cheshire.

Family: He was the third of five children born to Colonel Charles Edward Wynne-Eyton and his wife Aline Mary, nee Wills. He married Leonora Bradfield, possibly in Nyasaland as no marriage record can be found in the UK records.

Residence: In 1891 his family were living at Plas Bellin Hall, Northop, Holywell, Flintshire. At the time of his enlistment in 1914 he was living in British Columbia, Canada. In the 1920s he was living in Nyasaland and at the time of his death in 1959 his home was Cape Town, Western Cape,South Africa.

Employment: In 1914 he was a rancher, in the 1920s a big game hunter and in 1938 a planter.

Died: 8 September 1959 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Air Force (previously Royal Flying Corps, Machine Gun Corps, Royal Naval Auxiliary Service and Canadian Expeditionary Forces)

Rank: Flight Commander (at the end of his service)

Service Number: 107759 (Canadian Expeditionary Force)

Date of Enlistment: 16 November 1914

Date of Discharge: 23 January 1919

Reason for Discharge: Transferred to unemployed list

Other Information: He was wounded on active service in Salonica in 1917. In 1918 he was reported missing, taken prisoner in the Netherlands and repatriated on 15 November 1918.

Medals and Awards

Robert was awarded the Military Cross (London Gazette 1 January 1918) and Campaign medals (1915 Star, Victory and British War Medals). He was also Mentioned in Dispatches.

Military Cross


The Military Cross is the third-level military decoration awarded to officers and (since 1993) other ranks of the British Armed Forces, and used to be awarded to officers of other Commonwealth countries.
The Military Cross is granted in recognition of "an act or acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land to all members, of any rank in Our Armed Forces". In 1979, the Queen approved a proposal that a number of awards, including the Military Cross, could be awarded posthumously.

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Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The 1914 Star (also known as 'Pip') was authorised under Special Army Order no. 350 in November 1917 and by an Admiralty Fleet Order in 1918, for award to officers and men of the British and Indian Expeditionary Forces who served in France or Belgium between 5 August and midnight of 22–23 November 1914. The former date is the day after Britain's declaration of war against the Central Powers, and the closing date marks the end of the First Battle of Ypres.

The 1914–15 Star (also known as 'Pip') was instituted in December 1918 and was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces who served against the Central European Powers in any theatre of the Great War between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915. The period of eligibility was prior to the introduction of the Military Service Act 1916, which instituted conscription in Britain.

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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