Silver War Badge

Sometime also known as the Discharge Badge, or Wound Badge.

Silver War Badge

Established in September 1916.

Physical Description - The badge bears the royal cipher of GRI (for Georgius Rex Imperator; George, King and Emperor) and around the rim "For King and Empire; Services Rendered". Each badge was uniquely numbered on the reverse.

This badge was issued to service personnel who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness during WW1 and was intended to be worn in civilian clothes. It was the practice to present white feathers to apparently able-bodied young men who were not wearing the King's uniform. To qualify the recipient had to have served for at least 7 days between 4th August 1914 and 31st December 1919 and his incapacity must have been caused by Military Service.

The reverse is plain with the recipient's service number, rank, name and unit impressed on it.

The following local people received the Silver War Badge.

Ernest  b. between 1879 and 1881
Henry  b. between 1876 and 1878, d. before 1948
Sedley James  b. 1883, d. 1919
James Charles  b. between 1881 and 1883
Joseph James  b. between 1877 and 1879