Sir Griffin Wyndham Edward Hanmer

Royal Air Force

Personal Details

Born: 30 August 1893 in Winslow, Buckinghamshire.

Family: He was the second of five children born to Sir Wyndham Charles Henry Hanmer, 6th Baronet Hanmer of Hanmer, and his wife Lady Essex Hanmer. He married Aileen Mary Rogerson on 25 August 1921 in Durham and together they had three children – Pamela, Evelyn and John. Lady Aileen died in 1967 and he married for a second time to Angela Mary Bromley (nee Morley) on 23 November 1968 in Maelor, Flintshire, Wales.

Residence: In 1901 he was living at The Lodge, Redbrook, Iscoed, Flintshire; in 1911 he was attending the South Eastern Agricultural College in High Street, Wye, Kent. In 1939 the family were living at Bettisfield Park, Overton, Flintshire which was his address at the time of his death.

Employment: He was a gentleman and land owner.

Died: 1 January 1977 in Whitchurch, Shropshire, aged 83.

Other Information: He was the 7th Baronet Hanmer of Hanmer, acceding to the title on the death of his father on 3 June 1922.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Air Force (previously Royal Flying Corps and Shropshire Yeomanry)

Rank: Captain

Service Number:

Date of Enlistment: 15 January 1914

Date of Discharge: May 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Medals and Awards

Sir Griffin was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Victory Medal) and the Territorial Forces War 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.

Territorial Forces War Medal

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The Territorial Force War Medal was a campaign medal awarded to members of the British Territorial Force and Territorial Force Nursing Services who served overseas in World War I; it is the rarest of the five British Great War medals.

The medal was established in April 1920 for award to members of the Territorial Force and Territorial Force Nursing Services who volunteered for service overseas on or before 30 September 1914, and served overseas. They had to have been serving with the force on 4 August 1914 or have completed four years service with the force before 4 August 1914 and rejoined the force on or before 30 September 1914.

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