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Wilfred Biddall

Male 1898 - 1918  (20 years)


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  • Name Wilfred Biddall 
    Relationshipwith George William Craxford
    Born 1 Feb 1898  Corby, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1913  Bedell Settlement, Carleton County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Physical Description 2 May 1916 
    Height 5ft 5¼ins; Fair complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair 
    Military Service 1918  France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Driver 335917 Canadian Field Artillery 6th Brigade 
    Died 3 Sep 1918  Pas de Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Commemoration 1919  Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy, Pas de Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Plot VII C 35
    Person ID I19608  Extended Craxford Family
    Last Modified 28 Aug 2018 

    Father George Biddall Freeman,   b. 1873, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1956, Blackpool, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Matilda Pollard,   b. 1872, Gretton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1931, Towers Hospital, Gypsy Lane, Leicester, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 2 Sep 1896  Register Office, Leicester, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    BMD Certificates
    MC: Pollard, Matilda (1896) and George Biddall
    MC: Pollard, Matilda (1896) and George Biddall
    Little is known of George Biddall except that he was in the Leicestershire Regiment and had spent some time at the Industrial School, Desford
    Family ID F11215  Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Feb 1898 - Corby, Northamptonshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Driver 335917 Canadian Field Artillery 6th Brigade - 1918 - France Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    William's Attestation Form
    William's Attestation Form
    William signed up for the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force in 1916
    The Canadian Book of Remembrance
    The Canadian Book of Remembrance
    This is page 366 from the First World War Book
    Military Will
    Military Will
    As with all enlisted soldiers, men were encouraged to write a simple will before embarking on service. This will confirms that William left his effects to his (half) sister Elizabeth (Pollard) Beddell
    The British War Medal; The Victory Medal
    The British War Medal; The Victory Medal
    Left: The British War Medal (silver, 1.42 inches in diameter) was instituted to record the successful conclusion of the First World War, but it was extended to cover the period 1919 - 20 and service in mine clearing at sea as well as participation in operations in North and South Russia, the Eastern Baltic, Siberia, the Black Sea and Caspian. The reverse shows a horseman (St. George, naked), armed with a short sword (an allegory of the physical and mental strength which achieves victory over Prussianism). The horse tramples on the Prussian shield and the skull and cross-bones. Just off-centre, near the right upper rim, is the sun of Victory. The dates 1914 and 1918 appear in the left and right fields respectively.

    Right: The Victory Medal was awarded to all ranks of the fighting forces, to civilians under contract, and others employed with military hospitals who actually served on the establishment of a unit in a theatre of war between 05 August 1914 and 11 November 1918 (inclusive). It was also awarded to members of the British Naval mission to Russia 1919 - 1920 and for mine clearance in the North Sea between 11 November 1918 and 30 November 1919. This medal was never issued alone, it was issued to those that already had the 1914 or 1914 - 15 Stars and most of those who had the British War Medal. It is often known as the Allied War Medal because the same basic design and double rainbow ribbon were adopted by thirteen other Allied nations.

    Text and photograph courtesy of Sarah Jane Medals, website now retired.



    Headstones
    WG: Bedell, William
    WG: Bedell, William
    Born Wilfred (or William) Biddall (the son of George Biddall and Matilda Pollard, he was transported to Canada in 1912 where he became known as Bedell and joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Note the wrong spelling of his name


    Citation

    Plot: VII C 35

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983, Leicester 7a 517 (JAS 1896) (Reliability: 3).


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