Thomas Beddows

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born: 1879

Family: Second son of Thomas and Christina Beddow. Thomas also used the name Beddows.

Residences: Steel Lane, Tilstock, Whitchurch, Shropshire, and 87 Cheeryble Street, Higher Openshawe, Manchester by the end of the war.

Civilian Occupation: He was a farm labourer before joining the army on 22 August 1899.

Military Details

Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Rank: Sergeant

Service Number: 17148

Date of Enlistment: 01 August 1911

Date of Discharge: 24 March 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Other information: He fought in the Boer War and afterwards was stationed in India until November 1907 when he was transferred to the army reserves. He re-enlisted in August 1911 and was mobilised on the 5 August 1915. He was posted on the 6 July 1916 and fought in the Balkans during World War 1.


Medals and Awards

Thomas was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and 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.

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