Samuel Whitfield

Samuel Whitfield

Personal Details

Samuel Richard Whitfield was born in Bronington, Flintshire, Wales in 1892 (baptised 4th September 1892), the eldest son of Richard and Ellen Whitfield of Brook Lane, Hanmer, Flintshire, Wales.

The 1911 Census shows Samuel as a farm worker.

Military History

Regiment : 12th Battalion East Surrey Regiment, formerly 1575 Welsh Horse
Rank : Private
Service Number : 25850

Killed in action; France 23 March 1918 Aged 25

Medals and Awards

Samuel 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

More information about Samuel Richard Whitfield is available from Flintshire War Memorials.

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Samuel Whitfield — 3 Comments

  1. We have been going through our mother/mother in law positions and found a Death penny with the name of Samuel Whitfield who we think was my late mother in laws Mothers brother how can we find out more

    • If he is the Whitchurch chap we have information on him
      Otherwise you need to search one of the online sites.
      I’ve found a Samuel Whitfield who died 10/08/16 in France.
      He served in the South Lancs Regiment and his personal effects were given to Alice (possibly his mother)
      Let me know if this is the correct chap or not.

    • Hi, Samuel Whitfield was the brother of my Grandad, Frank Frank Whitfield. Sam was killed in action in March 1918. Please contact me if you think we are related.
      Best wishes

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