Archive for Family Groups and Singles

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 Birchall on the Battleship Valiant in the Mediterranean

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis group belongs to Thomas William Burchell. They are unnamed except for the Naval LSGC which is impressed to D/J109394 Petty Officer T.W.Burchell, H.M.S. Valiant. The LSGC was issued on June 12th 1941. I have his papers up until 1929 and can see that when he was made P.O. in May 1941 he was on the Valiant. In this case he would have had an action packed war with convoy runs to Gibraltar, the defeat of the Italian Fleet at Cape Matapan and the Greek Campaign.

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A Pre-War Birchall in the RFA

Posted in 1901-1913 Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , on August 6, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis single is the Territorial Efficiency Medal (EVII). It was awarded on the 1st of July 1909 to 63 Serjeant T. Birchall, of the 4/W.Lancashire Regiment Howitzer Battery, RFA.

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A Single to a Birchall Who Habitually Lost His Medals

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , on April 24, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis single British War Medal belongs to Thomas Birchall. It is impressed to 11114 T.Birchall N. Staffs. Ex-Private Birchall seemed to be in the habit of losing his medals since his Victory Medal was reported lost in 1922. The police subsequently found and handed in his lost medal which was returned to him.

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A Birchall Single from the ASC

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

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis British War Medal belonged to John H. Birchall. It is impressed to DM2-208049 Pte J.H.Birchall A.S.C. John Henry Birchall was a sanitary worker in civilian life and enlisted on the 5th of June 1915. He served in the Motor Corps.

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A Birchall Casualty sent to Gallipoli and Retired Unfit in WW1

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

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis single is a 1914-1915 Star belonging to William Birchall. It is impressed to 20177 Pte. W. Birchall Essex R. William deployed to the Balkans on the 19th of September 1915. He was discharged on the 30th of March 1917 under category 16, “No longer fit for war service”, in this case because of wounds. William was also entitled to the Silver Wound Badge 152379.

Update: I found his Victory Medal in the UK, 4 years later!

 

A Birchall Officer Single, Promoted From the Ranks

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

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is an orphan medal for 2nd Lieutenant George Birchall. This medal single is impressed for 21176 2 Lieut. G Birchall H.Light.Inf. He enlisted as a Private soldier in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was transferred to the Highland Light Infantry as a Corporal and then promoted from the ranks to Temporary 2nd Lieutenant and then confirmed as 2nd Lieutenant.

He was removed from the suspense list and then placed on the retired list on the 20th of October 1921. In the meantime he had reenlisted in the Royal Scottish Rifles as a Private on the 1st of December 1919. His new Regt. Number was 3122424. Why would someone reenlist in the army having survived WW1?

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A Birchall Sapper in World War One

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

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis group is for Sapper Thomas Birchall of the Royal Engineers. The medals are impressed to 125581 Spr T.Birchall R.E. Thomas was from Wigan and was a shoe and boot repairer before the war.

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A Birchall Group in the Lancashire Fusiliers

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , on April 23, 2013 by The Dude
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This Group is for Joseph Birchall. He served in the Lancashire Fusiliers and enlisted on the 11th of November, 1915. The medal is named to 202627 Pte J.Birchall Lan.Fus. John enlisted on the 11th of December 1915. He was discharged in 1919 due to injury.

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A Birchall Group for the Royal Field Artillery in France 1915

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

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis group is named for Leonard Birchall. It is stamped 94017 Gnr L.Birchall R.A. He was a clerk from Middlesex according to his attestation papers.

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A Birchall Casualty from El Alamein

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , , on April 22, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is an unmarked group but I received it with a packet of papers indicating it belonged to Signalman John J. Birchall, killed at El Alamein in Egypt on the 23rd of November 1942. John’s number was 2367713 and he belonged to 1st Armoured Brigade Signals, Royal Corps of Signals at the time of his death. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Birchall of St. Helens, Lancashire.

The final photo is of the El Alamein War Cemetery where John is buried.

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A Birchall Group from Desert Storm

Posted in 1945 + Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , , , on April 22, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is a group for the 1st Iraq War with a Kuwaiti Liberation Medal and a Gulf Medal with a bar for 16 Jan to 28 Feb 1991. The medal is impressed to 24792731 LCpl A.J.Birchall R. Signals.

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A Birchall in the Malayan Emergency

Posted in 1945 + Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , on April 22, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is a EIIR GSM with a Malaya Bar marked to 22670124 A.Birchall R.A.M.C.

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A First World War Merchantile Marine Medal to Birchall

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , on April 22, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomAwarded to anyone who sailed through one of the “war zones” in World War One, this medal is named to Frederick J. Birchall. Frederick James Birchall came from Liverpool.

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A Birchall Casualty from Arras, France, May 1917

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , on April 21, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is the WW1 group for Benjamin Lawrence Birchall, who died of wounds at the 37th Casualty Clearing Station at Avesnes-le-Comte on the 11th of May, 1917. He was a Gunner for the Royal Field Artillery and was in the 17th Division Ammunition Column at the time of his wounding. Each medal is stamped 76646 L.Birchall RA.

He was the son of Benjamin R. Birchall and Elizabeth A. Birchall of Drummany, Sterlogan Park, Blackrock, Dublin. His death penny is named Lawrence Birchall.

The final photo is of the Avesnes-le-Comte Communal Extension Cematary where he is buried.

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A Birchall Wartime Red Cross Medal

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , on April 20, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis British Red Cross Proficiency Medal was issued to a Mrs. F. Birchall in 1940. I can’t make out the full name on the certificate because it is smudged. So it goes.

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A Birchall Group from the Anglo-Egyptian War 1882

Posted in 1850-1900 Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , on April 19, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomAn Egypt Medal with the Tel-El-Kebir bar along with the Khedive’s Medal, awarded to 2301 Pte. P Birchall 7/Dragoon Guards. It says on the medal roll for the Egypt medal that he was serving with the depot. However the Khedive roll has him with the regiment. The Chelsea Hospital records show him discharged from hospital without pension in April, 1884.

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A Birchall Medal Group from the Palestine Mandate

Posted in 1945 + Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , on April 19, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomOkay, this is a small family group but interesting. The 1939-45 Victory Medal means he was enlisted in 1945 but missed being deployed to any of the war zones. The Palestine Bar on the GSM means he deployed to Palestine during the emergency there between 1945 and 1948. The medal group is named to 1445860 Gnr W.Birchall R.A. The medal roll below indicates he was attached to 66th Battery, Airborne Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery.

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A Birchall Group from the Troubles

Posted in 1945 + Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , on April 19, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is a group awarded to 23849729 Sgt J.S. Birchall Royal Signals. One medal is the GSM with the Northern Ireland Bar. The other is the LSGC medal with the Regular Army bar.

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A Birchall Casualty Group from Passchendaele

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , on April 18, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomPublished in the Reporter 6th October 1917.
BARDSLEY SOLDIER. Sgt-Major W. Birchall Dies from Wounds. It was with much regret that the people in Bardsley learned this week that 350051 Sergeant-Major WILLIAM BIRCHALL, Manchester Regiment, T.F. C Coy 1/9th battalion, had passed away as the result of wounds received whilst serving with the forces in France. News that he had been wounded in the right leg came through to his wife and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Birchall, of Bardsley, last week, and on Wednesday morning of this week a letter came from the Rev. G.M.Wheeler, Church of England chaplain, stating that he never recovered from his collapse, and passed peacefully away to his rest and reward.

By all who knew him in Bardsley, Sergeant-Major BIRCHALL was respected and beloved for his kindliness and ever present desire to do a good turn to anyone in need of it. He joined the Volunteers 17 years ago. He visited New Zealand after his sister’s death, which took place at her uncle’s in Dunedin, and whilst he was away he joined the Dunedin City Guards. He was away rather over 12 months, and on his return he entered the Territorials. He was colour-sergeant when they were called up for service in August 1914, and went to Egypt and the Dardanelles [He landed at Gallipoli 9th May 1915].

During that campaign he was slightly wounded in the chest. Later he came to France. He was there wounded in the neck by a piece of shell, and on recovery rejoined his regiment, and removed with them to Belgium, where he was wounded on the 16th September, sustaining a compound fracture of the right leg. He died on the 25th September, and was buried in the military cemetery near the clearing station by the Church of England chaplain, Re. G.M. Wheeler.

He was 36 years old. The family are associated with Bardsley Church and School, and are much asteemed in the village. He leaves a wife, Mrs Edith Birchall, of 27, Ann St, Roslyn, Dunedin, New Zealand, and two children, a boy and a girl. (William Birchall is buried in the Mendinghem Military Cemetery pictured below).

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A Birchall Military Medal Group from the Somme

Posted in Family Groups & Singles, Valour Medals with tags , , , on April 18, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis Military Medal was awarded to Richard Burchell R.F.A. service number 686, gazetted 21st October 1918. He was a driver in the Royal Field Artillery. The rank on the Military Medal is Acting Lance Bombadier while on his medal card it shows it as the obsolete rank of Lance Sergeant. He was awarded the Military Medal for actions including driving shells up to the guns while under direct fire from German artillery. According to his records he was reduced in rank in May 1917 after being AWOL for 3 days. Court martialled and sentenced to Field Punishment Number 2 and ordered to forfeit a weeks pay. Apparently after being wounded at Beaumont Hamel he was evacuated to a base hospital and returned to the line on October 5th 1916. He was lucky not to forfeit the Military Medal. His Territorial Service Medal shows his movement to the Royal Artillery and his peacetime rank of driver.

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A Birchall Group from the Boer War

Posted in 1850-1900 Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , on April 16, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis is a group from my family consisting of the Kings South Africa Medal with South Africa 1901 Bar and South Africa 1902 Bar and the Queens South Africa Medal with Transvaal Bar and Orange Free State Bar and Cape Colony Bar. It is marked to 3573 W. Birchell RL: Berks Reg.

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A Birchall Group from the Crimean War

Posted in 1850-1900 Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , on December 5, 2009 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomHere is one of my family groups, the earliest one I have, comprising the Crimean War Campaign medal with the Sevastopol Bar impressed to J.Birchall, 56th Regiment. The accompanying Turkish Crimean Medal is a Sardinian example and is unnamed.

The Crimea Medal was a campaign medal approved in 1854, for issue to officers and men of British units (land and naval) which fought in the Crimean War of 1854-56 against Russia.

The medal is notable for its extremely ornate clasps, being in the form of an oak leaf with an acorn at each extremity, a style never again used on a British medal. The suspension is an ornate floriated swivelling suspender, again unique to the Crimea Medal.

Five bars were authorised, the maximum awarded to one man was four. The medal was issued without a clasp to those who were present in the Crimea, but not present at any of the qualifying actions. A five bar specimen is held in the Royal Collection.

This medal was also presented to certain members of allied French forces. These medals, in addition to the five British clasps, were often issued with unauthorised French bars; Traktir, Tchernaia, Mer d’Azoff, and Malakof.

The medal was awarded with the British version of the Turkish Crimean War medal, but when a consignment of these were lost at sea some troops were issued with the Sardinian version instead.

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