Sidney Crewe

Sidney Hubert Crewe

Personal Details

Sidney Hubert Crewe was born in St Michaels, Shrewsbury in 1876. He was the only son of John and Ellen Crewe of 15, Yardington, Whitchurch.

Sidney was the husband of Elizabeth (nee Adams) Crewe, of 17, Yardington and he was the father of Doris, Frank and Sydney.

Before enlisting, Sidney worked for the Whitchurch Gas Company, as a gas lamp lighter and toll collector. He died of his wounds at No 2 General Hospital, Le Havre, France.

Military Details

Regiment : 11th (Service) Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Rank : Private
Service Number : 27780

Died of Wounds; France 7th December 1916 Age 40

Medals and Awards
Sidney 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

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

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