Walter Cliff

Walter Cliff

Personal Details

Walter Edward Cliff was born in Grindley Brook, Whitchurch, Shropshire in 1890 (baptised 5 September 1890), the son of Mary Cliff of Holywell House, Faddiley, Nantwich, Cheshire and the grandson of Sarah Cliff and the late Thomas Cliff of Swanna Green, Norbury, Cheshire.

Husband to Jenny (known as Jane) Cliff, nee Evans, of The Bothy, Brampton, Bryan Hall, Herefordshire and father to Arnold Walter.

The 1911 Census shows Walter as a rural postman and cycle agent.

Military History

Regiment : 13th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Rank : Private
Service Number : 31106

Killed in action; Belgium 10 August 1917 Aged 27

Medals and Awards

Walter 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.


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