WW1 Commemorative Medal

Contributed by Waddington and West Bradford Primary School

WW1 Commemorative Medal

This medal was found in a garden in Waddington, Lancashire, and had been awarded to the family of a man named Albert Chester.
We found out from the war memorial, church records, newspaper cuttings and other documents that Albert Chester was born in Waddington and had attended the village school. He died from influenza in Yorkshire on the final day of the war, 11th November 1918, which was also his eighteenth birthday. We do not think that he ever actually fought in the war but had joined the army and died whilst training. Albert had lived on Regent Street and then at Spring Cottage on West Bradford Road. He was his parents only son and had been a patrol leader in the village scouts and played in the local band.
Medals like Albert Chester's were awarded to families whose relatives had died in the war to remember their service to the country.

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