William Henry Stockton

Royal Field Artillery

Personal Details

Born: 29 July 1889 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 14 August the same year in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church, Whitchurch.

Family: He was the fifth child of Benjamin Stockton, an iron moulder’s labourer, and his wife Alice. He married Edith Meachin in 1914 in Whitchurch and together they had two children – Cissie and Thomas.

Residence: In 1891 he was living with his family at 18 Yardington, Whitchurch; the 1919 Absent Voters’ Register had an address of 16 St. Mary’s Street, Whitchurch for him. In 1939 he lived at Old Rectory Cottage, Claypit Street, Whitchurch and at the time of his death he was living at 10 Smallbrook Road, Whitchurch.

Employment: In 1939 he was an iron roofer.

Died: In 1948 at the Crewe Memorial Hospital, Cheshire and was buried on 15 May the same year in Whitchurch cemetery.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Rank: Driver

Service Number: 247960

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: Not known

Reason for Discharge: Not known

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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