Wallace Furber

John William Frost

Personal Details

Born in Moreton Say, Market Drayton, Whitchurch, Shropshire on 20 March 1894, the second son of Joseph and Elizabeth Furber of Craig-ydon, Market Drayton, Shropshire.

Wallace was taken prisoner of war and died in the Langensalza Prisoner of War Camp from an ulcer of the oesophagus.

Military Details

Regiment : 4th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry; formerly 2286
Rank : Private
Service Number : 26900

Died in captivity; Germany 23 September 1918 Aged 24

Medals and Awards
Wallace was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied 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.

Further Information

Will of Wallace Furber
Furber, Wallace of the Moat Farm New Street-lane near Market Drayton Shropshire died 23 September 1918 in Germany Administration London 28 June to Joseph Furber farmer. Effects £596 4s. 4d.

Taken from Forces War Records

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