Archive for the 1914-1918 Service Medals Category

A Birchall in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , on August 24, 2015 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomA modest medal, unfortunately an orphan. This medal is impressed to 8846 PVT A. BURCHELL R.W.FUS. Albert Burchell served in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and later in The Welsh Regiment. I haven’t been able to find any more information about this man. No attestation papers. But since he doesn’t appear on the CWGC site, it appears he survived the Great War.

Update: From a friend on another site a little more about Albert
Albert Burchell
Rank: Private
Medal Awarded: British War Medal and Victory Medal
Regiment or Corps: Welsh Regiment Regimental Number: 267026 Sub Unit: 1/6th Battalion
Previous Units: 8846. R.W. Fus. Pte. Infantry Base Depot., Att. 6th Welch R., 15632. 6th Welch R., 267026. 6th Welch R., Welch R. Infantry Base Depot., 8th Welch R., Att. 37th Div Cyclists, 8th Welch R.

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GVR Military Cross & Documents

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Rare Medals, Valour Medals with tags , , on October 19, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis WW1 Military Cross was awarded to Lieutenant George William Sutliff, 13660. George initially enlisted into the 10/Essex Regt. as a Corporal and upon his field commission on 29th May 1917 as a 2nd Lieutenant, was transferred to 9th Yorkshire Regiment. He was later promoted to Lieutenant and end the war as an acting Captain. On the 8th of November 1921 he was confirmed at his substantive rank of Lieutenant in the London Gazette. He entered France on the 25th of July 1915 and so is also entitled to the 1914-15 Star. What is interesting here is the signed letter from Field Marshal Henry Rawlinson, commander of 5th Army confirming his MC award on 6th March 1919.

The code EF9 means he applied for his medals on the 27th of September 1921 and they were returned on the 3rd of November 1923 having been sent to an incorrect address.

A Birchall from the East Lancashire Regiment

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , on December 23, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomHere’s another very ordinary Birchall. In this case it’s Albert Birchall, Private, 38249. He served originally in the East Lancashire Regiment and later in the North Lancashire Regiment. His medal card shows an entry for the Silver Wound Badge.
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A WW1 Single to a Birchall from the South Lancashire Regiment

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , on December 1, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomHere’s a lonely single to Private Jonathan J. Birchall of the South Lancashire Regiment (No 39159). John Joseph Birchall was born in Salford in 1885 and appears in the 1911 census as single, living with his Mum Elizabeth and working as a general labourer. The census has their address as 16 Anderson St, Salford. This house and street no longer exist as they were flattened during the Blitz in WW2 and never rebuilt.

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A Group to a Veteran of First Ypres

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, 1919-1938 Medals, Groups with tags , , , , on August 14, 2013 by The Dude

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This group is impressed to 1656 Private F.H.Jackson of the Honourable Artillery Company. The group consists of the 1914 Star with the 5th August-22nd November 1914 Bar, the British War Medal, the WW1 Victory Medal and the Faithful Service in the Special Constabulary Medal (GV), this one engraved to Sergeant Frederick H. Jackson. The Bar on the 1914 star is the slip on type congruent with the Star but cannot be considered official as the official bars were only made one way. But I believe it to be original to the medal.

Frederick Harold Jackson, from Buckinghamshire, enlisted voluntarily in the Territorial Army in August 1914 and by September 18th 1914 he was in France. The H.A.C. is a very prestigious unit of the British Territorial Army and is the second oldest military unit in the world still extant after the Swiss Vatican Guard. It is the oldest regiment in the British Army.

Jackson received a gunshot wound to his right shoulder and cheek on the 22nd August 1915. He was assessed at 50% disablement and blind in his right eye and released from service on the 18th February 1916.

 

A Great War Trio to a Canadian

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Groups with tags , , , , on August 12, 2013 by The Dude

Canadian_Red_Ensign_1868-1921This trio, impressed to 77847 Private W. Blackie 7/Cand.Inf., consists of the 1914-1915 Star, the 1914-1918 War Medal and the Victory Medal for WW1.

The 7th Canadian Infantry Battalion fought continuously from 1915 until it was returned to Canada in 1917. It’s battle honours include Ypres, Vimy Ridge and Hill 70. Private William Blackie received a 1914-1915 Star indicating that he was in the initial draft that landed in France in February 1915. He enlisted on the 23rd of November 1914 and attested in Victoria , British Columbia into the 30th Battalion.

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A Birchall Killed In The 1918 German Spring Offensive

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , on July 27, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is a late Great War pair to 202339, Frederick C. Birchall of 6th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. Frederick was killed on the 30th of March 1918, during Germany’s last throw Spring Offensive. He is buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery, Extension #1.
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