Thomas Rodgers

Cheshire Regiment

Personal Details

Born: In fourth quarter of 1899 in Whitchurch, Shropshire, twin brother to Alice.

Family: Joint youngest of five children born to Edward and Sarah Rodgers. In early 1922 Thomas married Edith Hall in Whitchurch and together they had four children – Stanley T, Katherine E, Edna M and Edward N.

Residence: In 1901 the family were living at 25 Yardington, Whitchurch, Shropshire. By 1911 Thomas’s mother had died and his father had remarried and they had moved to 10 New Street, Whitchurch. In 1939 Thomas, Edith and their four children were living at 33 Talbot Crescent, Whitchurch, an address Thomas remained at until his death twenty-five years later.

Employment: In 1939 he was a motor lorry driver working for a local dairy.

Died: In 1964 and was buried at Whitchurch cemetery on 14 February that year.

Military Details

Regiment: Cheshire Regiment

Rank: Private

Service Number: 65894

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: After spring 1919

Reason for Discharge: Not known

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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