Stanley Newbrook

Stanley Victor Newbrook

Personal Details

Stanley Victor, born in Whitchurch in 1892, the second son of Joseph and Edith Newbrook of 9, Havana Buildings, Whitchurch.

Stanley was a regular soldier stationed in Portland, Dorset in August 1914. He landed in France on the 11th August 1914.

Stanley was the younger brother of Ralph Drake Newbrook who was killed in action in 1917.

Military Details

Regiment : “C” Company, 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Rank : Sergeant
Service Number : 10275

Killed in Action; France 25th April 1916 Age 24

Medals and Awards
Stanley was awarded the Campaign Medals (1914 Star, British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal)

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.

Further Information

Whitchurch Herald 6th May 1916

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 6th May 1916 on the death of Stanley Victor Newbrook

Letter received by Mr & Mrs Newbrook;

"It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you that your son Sgt. Stanley Newbrook, C, Coy. 2nd RWF is missing, believed killed. He went out with a party of his company and raided the hostile trenches, a bomb was seen to explode by him and from then onwards he was not seen again. At the time he was fighting with a German. I know you will feel the loss of him, but I can assure you he will be very much missed by myself and all his company. He was a brave boy and exceptionally devoted to his duty; and for which I have had his name sent forward for distinction"

Captain W H Slanway

2nd RWF

Whitchurch Herald 6th May 1916

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

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