William Day

Worcester Regiment

Personal Details

Born:   11 August 1896 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 9 September 1896 at St. Alkmund`s Parish Church.

Family:  He was the second of seven children born to Joseph Day, a labourer, and his wife Eliza, nee Hunt. He married Elizabeth A. Edwards Quarter 1 1926 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. The couple had one child, Adela born Quarter 2 1926 in Whitchurch.

Residence:  From the time of his birth until 1919  William`s address was 4 Sherrymill Hill, Whitchurch. By 1939 he and his family were living at 2 Sherrymill Hill.

Employment:  In 1911 his occupation was given as a labourer, but by 1939 he was a steam boiler attendant.

Died:   Quarter 4 1968, Whitchurch, Shropshire, aged 73.

Military Details

Regiment:   Worcester Regiment (previously King’s Shropshire Light Infantry)

Rank:   Private

Service Number:   39523 (previously 2701)

Date of Enlistment:   26 October 1914

Date of Discharge:   31 October 1918

Reason for Discharge:   Wounded

Other Information:   He was issued with a Silver War Badge on 12 November 1918.

Medals and Awards

William was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Victory Medal) and the Silver War Badge 40138.

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.

Silver War Badge

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The Silver War Badge was issued in the United Kingdom and the British Empire to service personnel who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness from military service in World War I. The badge, sometimes known as the "Discharge Badge", the "Wound Badge" or "Services Rendered Badge", was first issued in September 1916, along with an official certificate of entitlement.

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