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Silver War Badge Medal1

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Last Edited: 29 Oct 2021
  • Award: Silver War Badge Medal was awarded to Albert Edward Nicolson civil servant on 12 December 1916 at Hants regiment, candidate

    First name(s)     Albt. Edwd.
    Last name     Nicolson
    Service number     14695
    Rank     Private
    Badge number     92797
    Enlistment date     07-Dec-1914
    Discharge date     13-Aug-1915
    Regiment/unit     Hants Regt.
    Cause of discharge     Sick: para. 392. Xvi King's Regulation
    Whether served overseas     Yes
    Badge date of issue     12-Dec-1916
    Record set     Silver War Badge Roll 1914-1920
    Category     Military, armed forces & conflict
    Subcategory     First World War
    Collections from     England, Great Britain.1
  • Award*: Silver War Badge Medal was awarded to John Dickson confectioner & fruiterer on 28 October 1917 at Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, .2,3


  • Note for Web*: Silver War Badge Medal The Silver War Badge was issued on 12th September 1916.

    The badge was originally issued to officers and men who were discharged or retired from the military forces as a result of sickness or injury caused by their war service. After April 1918 the eligibility was amended to include civilians serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps, female nurses, staff and aid workers.

    Around the rim of the badge was inscribed “For King and Empire; Services Rendered”. It became known for this reason also as the “Services Rendered Badge”. Each badge was also engraved with a unique number on the reverse, although this number is not related to the recipient's Service Number.

    The recipient would also receive a certificate with the badge. The badge was made of Sterling silver and was intended to be worn on the right breast of a recipient's civilian clothing. It could not be worn on a military uniform.

    There were about 1,150,000 Silver War Badges issued in total for First World War service..4
  • (Witness) Note for Web: Silver War Badge Medal and British War 1914-20 Medal, Allied Victory 1914-19 Medal, Territorial Force War, 1914-1919 Medal and Mercantile Marine War Medal were mentioned with 1914 Star Medal and 1914-15 Star Medal. There were five campaign medals available for individuals who saw service in the First World War. An individual, male or female, could be issued with a maximum of three of these medals, although there are a small number of exceptions to the rule.

    Service medals were issued automatically to other ranks, but officers or their next of kin had to apply for them. Medals were impressed with the name of the recipient and usually included some or all of the following: service number, rank, first name or initial, surname and military unit (Regiment or Corps). This was either on the rim of the medal or in the case of a star, on the reverse.

    In addition to the five campaign medals a badge was available to officers and men who had been honourably discharged or had retired as a result of sickness or wounds from war service.

    British Campaign Medal Sets
    The 1914 Star
    The 1914-15 Star
    The British War Medal, 1914-18
    The Allied Victory Medal
    The Territorial Force War Medal, 1914-1919
    The Silver War Badge
    Mercantile Marine War Medal.4


  1. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Record Transcription Silver War Badge Roll 1914-1920 [Jan 2020].
  2. [S126] Website The National Archives (of the UK) (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/?letter=&search=&research-category=online) this via Facebook member Bryan Johncock on UK Military Genealogy and Photograph Identification Group; 1917 John Dickson medal roll [April 2017].
  3. [S126] Website TNA online (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/?letter=&search=&research-category=online) this via Facebook member Bryan Johncock on UK Military Genealogy and Photograph Identification Group; 1917 John Dickson SWB (Silver War Badge [April 2017].
  4. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) http://www.greatwar.co.uk/medals/ww1-campaign-medals.htm [Oct 2021].