William Charles Jones

King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment

Personal Details

Born:  9 December 1885 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family: He was the eldest of four children born to William Jones, a domestic coachman, and his wife Mary. No marriage can be traced for William.

Residence: In 1891 he was living in Hooton Green, Hooton, Wirral, Cheshire. By 1915 he had moved and was boarding at Maesfen Hall, Malpas, Cheshire. In 1939 he lived at Ebnal Grange, Tarvin, Cheshire.

Employment: In 1939 he was a groom.

Died: 19 January 1971, aged 85, in Cheshire and was cremated on 25 January the same year.

Military Details

Regiment: King’s Own Royal Lancashire Regiment (previously South Lancashire Regiment)

Rank: Corporal

Service Number: 22323 (previously 25176)

Date of Enlistment: 10 December 1915

Date of Discharge: 22 April 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Medals and Awards

William 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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