William Pritchard

Royal Air Force

Personal Details

Born: 22 September 1878 in Prees, Shropshire.

Family: He was the second of four surviving children born to William Pritchard, a farm labourer, and his wife Anne, nee Arrowsmith. He married Mary Elizabeth Thomas on 15 September 1903 in Prees, Shropshire and together they had five children – Myrtle, William, Olive, Frank and Annie.

Residence: In 1881 he lived in Laundry House, Prees; by 1891 the family had moved to Sandford, Shropshire. In 1911, having married, he lived with his wife and children at 33 Egerton Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. This was his address for the rest of his life.

Employment: In 1901 he was a tailor, which remained his profession until at least 1939.

Died: In 1951 in Whitchurch, aged 75 and was buried on 3 September the same year in Whitchurch cemetery.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Air Force (previously Royal Flying Corps)

Rank: Private

Service Number: 114253

Date of Enlistment: 16 December 1917

Date of Discharge: 14 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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