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Record Details for William Benjamin Olley (Royal Warwickshire Regiment)


First Name: William Benjamin
Surname: Olley
Birth Town: Gt. Yarmouth
Resided Town: Gt. Yarmouth
Nationality: British
Date of Death: 17/09/1918
Fate: Killed in Action
Rank: Private
Service Number: 35797
Duty Location: France And Flanders
Campaign Medals:
Victory Medal
victory medalGiven the information we have available it is likely that William Benjamin Olley was entitled to the Victory medal, also called the Inter Allied Victory Medal. This medal was awarded to all who received the 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star and, with certain exceptions, to those who received the British War Medal. It was never awarded alone. These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.

Eligibility for this award consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.
British War Medal
british war medalFrom the information available to us, it is very possible that William Benjamin Olley was entitled to the British War Medal for service in World War One. This British Empire campaign medal was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918.

The medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period.
Memorial Death Plaque Of WWI
memorial death plaque of wwiThe next of kin for William Benjamin Olley would have been sent this death plaque after the war to commemorate all of the war dead. Over 1 million were issued in total.
Service: British Army
Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Battalion: 14th Battalion
Commemorated: Britain
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