Thomas Henry Hales

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born: 22 January 1885 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. He was also known as Harry Hales.

Family: He was the second of four children born to Walter Hales, a house painter and his wife Sarah Emily. He married Annie Sumner in 1915 in Whitchurch. No children can be found for the couple.

Residence: In 1891 he was living with his mother and siblings at Grindley Brook, Whitchurch. By 1901 the family had moved to 2 Groom’s Yard, Whitchurch and in 1911 their address was 11 Sherrymill Hill, Whitchurch. In 1939 he and his wife were living at 11 Liverpool Road, Whitchurch. This continued to be his home until his death in 1964.

Employment: He was a labourer in 1911 and 1939.

Died: In 1964 in Whitchurch and was buried in Whitchurch Cemetery on 3 March 1964, aged 79.

Military Details

Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Rank: Private

Service Number: 23765

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: Not known

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Medals and Awards

John was awarded 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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