badge; "Silver War Badge"

Production date
1914-1919
Description
Silver War badge, circular badge with the words "FOR KING AND EMPIRE/ SERVICES RENDERED" around the royal cypher GRI (for Georgius Rex Imperator - George King and Emperor).

This item was a pin badge designed to be worn on civilian clothes after early discharge from the army. It was first issued in 1916, when it was also retrospectively awarded to those already discharged since August 1914. It was originally called the ‘War Badge’ and was awarded to most servicemen and women who were discharged from military service during the First World War, whether or not they had served overseas. Expiry of a normal term of engagement did not count. Each badge is uniquely numbered on the rear and a register of the number and recipients kept.

It was also popularly know as - the ’Silver Wound Badge’, ‘Services Rendered Badge’, ‘Discharged Soldiers Badge’, or ‘King’s Silver Badge’.
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Object detail

Department
Production date
1914-1919
Signature & date
Obverse "For King and Empire GRJ Services render". Reverse "116687".
Associated date
1914-1919
Associated person
Measurement type, part and reading
Dimensions:0 - Whole:Dia 3.3cm (Dia 1 5/16")
Accession number
1975-047-012

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