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WW1 Silver War Badge (SWB) to the Royal Navy - RN23532

A first pattern SWB impressed RN 23532 issued to a member of the Royal Navy. Silver dark toned with east-west pin and clasp, and complete with safety chain. Pin fittings for RN 1st type appear to have been of the barrel type shown as this is now the second one handled with this style of fitting (see also item 61771). Circa 43,000 SWBs were awarded to the Royal Navy, less than 4% of all the approximately 1,150,000 issued to all services, which had to be claimed and then approved.

The first pattern SWB was issued between September 1916 and March 1918, and these were of a better quality than most later stampings. Around 335,000 of these early badges were issued to all services.

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Code: 62267Price: 45.00 GBP


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WW1 Silver War Badge (SWB) to Rifleman George Eley, The Rifle Brigade

A SWB officially impressed B336275 awarded to Rifleman George Eley of the Rifle Brigade. An unmarked silver circlet inscribed 'For King And Empire Services Rendered' bearing crowned 'GRI' Imperial Cypher to voided centre. In very good condition, silver bright, original C clasp and pin. Circa 32mm in diameter. Copy of SWB roll entry and copy of WW1 Medal Index Card (MIC) to be supplied.

S/28444 Rfn George Eley served overseas and was entitled to a BWM and VM pair. He enlisted on 8th May 1916 and was discharged on 19th March1919 from the Rifle Brigade Depot in Winchester due to no longer being fit for active service (392 (xvi)), age not given.

Approximately 1,150,000 badges were issued to all services, which had to be claimed and then approved.

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Code: 62238Price: 45.00 GBP


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WW1 Silver War Badge (SWB) to Private George Withey, 34th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (King's Royal Rifle Corps) (KRRC)

A SWB officially impressed B331939 awarded to Private George Withey of the 34th Battalion, The London Regiment (KRRC). An unmarked silver circlet inscribed 'For King And Empire Services Rendered' bearing crowned 'GRI' Imperial Cypher to voided centre. In very good condition, silver dipped (whoever does this please stop it!), original C clasp and pin. Circa 32mm in diameter.

880992 Private George Withey did not serve overseas and therefore the SWB is his only medal entitlement. He enlisted on 12th December 1915 and was discharged on 14th August 1918 under para 392 (xvi) K.R. (no longer physically fit for war service due to sickness), aged 41. Copy of CD version of SWB roll entry and copy of WW1 Medal Index Card (MIC) to be supplied.

The 34th Battalion was a Territorial Force Battalion, formed at Clacton-on-Sea in early June 1918, having absorbed the cadre of the 7th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps, before landing at Boulogne in France on 1st August 1918 and joined the 49th Brigade in 16th (Irish) Division. However, it went without George, who was discharged from the army only two weeks later on account of sickness.

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Code: 62187Price: 35.00 GBP


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WW1 Silver War Badge (SWB) to Clifford Norris, 51st (Graduated) Battalion, the Welsh Regiment

A SWB officially impressed 503440 awarded to Private Clifford Norris of the 51st (Graduated) Battalion, The Welsh Regiment. An unmarked silver circlet inscribed 'For King And Empire Services Rendered' bearing crowned 'GRI' Imperial Cypher to voided centre. In very good condition, dark toned, original C clasp and pin. Circa 32mm in diameter.

TR/4/22018 Private Clifford Norris Greaves did not serve overseas and therefore the SWB is his only medal entitlement. He enlisted on 13th March 1917 and was discharged on 15th April 1918 under para 392 (xvi) K.R. (no longer physically fit for war service), aged 19. Copy of CD version of SWB roll entry and copy of WW1 Medal Index Card (MIC) to be supplied.

The 51st (Graduated) Battalion, The Welsh Regiment was formed on 27.10.1917 at Halesworth from the 226th Graduation Battalion (previously the 63rd Training Reserve Battalion) as part of the 203rd Brigade of the 68th Division and then moved to Yarmouth. In May 1918 it moved to Herringfleet where it remained, but by the looks of it without Clifford!

The definition of the Graduated Battalions of the Training Reserve was issued in an appendix to Army Council Instruction 986 of 1917. When this Instruction was issued, the legal minimum age for overseas service was 19. Most recruits would be posted to a Graduated Battalion after first training with a Young Soldier Battalion. For more about Graduated Battalions, see here:

https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/definitions-of-units/what-was-the-graduated-battalion-of-the-training-reserve/#:~:text=The%20definition%20of%20the%20Graduated,with%20a%20Young%20Soldier%20Battalion.

Approximately 1,150,000 badges were issued to all services, which had to be claimed and then approved.

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Code: 62186Price: 35.00 GBP


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WW1 Silver War Badge (SWB) to Eswin Wheaton, Royal Engineers

A first pattern SWB officially impressed 273458 awarded to Pioneer Eswin Wheaton, Royal Engineers (Road Transport Depot). An unmarked silver circlet inscribed 'For King And Empire Services Rendered' bearing crowned 'GRI' Imperial Cypher to voided centre. In very good condition, bright cleaned, original C clasp and pin. Circa 32mm in diameter.

273458 Pioneer Eswin Wheaton of the Royal Engineers (Road Transport Department?) He enlisted on 14th February1917 and was discharged shortly thereafter on 5th April1917 on account of sickness, aged 43. Copy of CD version of SWB roll entry to together with a copy of his WW1 Medal Index Card (MIC). This is most probably his only medal entitlement.

Approximately 1,150,000 badges were issued to all services, which had to be claimed and then approved. The first pattern SWB was issued between September 1916 and March 1918, and these were of a better quality than most later stampings. Around 335,000 of these early badges were issued to all services.

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Code: 62185Price: 30.00 GBP


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WW1 Silver War Badge (SWB) to Pioneer John Greenhalgh, Royal Engineers and Ex South Lancashire Regiment & Royal Lancaster Regiment

A SWB officially impressed B270798 awarded to Pioneer John Greenhalgh, Royal Engineers. An unmarked silver circlet inscribed 'For King And Empire Services Rendered' bearing crowned 'GRI' Imperial Cypher to voided centre. In very good condition, bright cleaned, original C clasp and pin, but pin tip is truncated / missing. Circa 32mm in diameter.

159512 Pioneer John Greenhalgh of the Royal Engineers (3rd Reserve Battalion) was also ex South Lancashire Regiment (Number 24377) and Royal Lancaster Regiment (Number 22856) Served overseas. He enlisted on 24th November 1915 and was discharged on 10th July 1919 due to wounds, age not given. Entitled to BWM and VM. Copy of CD version of SWB roll entry to together with a copy of his WW1 Medal Index Card (MIC) to be supplied.

Approximately 1,150,000 badges were issued to all services, which had to be claimed and then approved.

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Code: 62184Price: 35.00 GBP


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WW1 Silver War Badge (SWB) to Private Ernest Morris, Labour Corps & Ex London Regiment

A SWB officially impressed B70836 awarded to Private Ernest Morris, Labour Corps and Ex London Regiment. An unmarked silver circlet inscribed 'For King And Empire Services Rendered' bearing crowned 'GRI' Imperial Cypher to voided centre. In very good condition, dark toned, original C clasp and pin (slight twist upwards towards tip). Circa 32mm in diameter.

259642 Private Ernest Morris, Labour Corps was ex London Regiment. Did not serve overseas. He enlisted on 14th November 1916 and was discharged on 18th September 1917 due to sickness, aged 25. Copy of CD version of SWB roll entry to be supplied but unable to locate a copy of his WW1 Medal Index Card (MIC). However there is a note on the SWB Roll to the effect that his old regimental number was 6864.

Approximately 1,150,000 badges were issued to all services, which had to be claimed and then approved.

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Code: 62183Price: 30.00 GBP


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WW1 Silver War Badge (SWB) to Private Edward Greaves, Labour Corps & Ex West Yorkshire Regiment

A SWB officially impressed B310765 awarded to Private Edward Greaves, Labour Corps and Ex West Yorkshire Regiment. An unmarked silver circlet inscribed 'For King And Empire Services Rendered' bearing crowned 'GRI' Imperial Cypher to voided centre. In very good condition, dark toned, original C clasp (slightly bent over) and pin. Circa 32mm in diameter.

640153 Private Edward Greaves, Labour Corps was ex 2171 West Yorks Regt. Served overseas and entitled to a 1914-15 Trio having entered France & Flanders on the 16th April 1915. He enlisted on 5th November 1914 and was discharged on 10th March 1919 due to sickness, age not given. Copy of CD version of SWB roll entry and copy of WW1 Medal Index Card (MIC) to be supplied.

Approximately 1,150,000 badges were issued to all services, which had to be claimed and then approved.

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Code: 62182Price: 30.00 GBP


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WW1 Silver War Badge (SWB) to Gunner William Keen, Royal Field Artillery (RFA)

A SWB officially impressed B49088 awarded to Gunner William Keen, RFA. An unmarked silver circlet inscribed 'For King And Empire Services Rendered' bearing crowned 'GRI' Imperial Cypher to voided centre. In very good condition, bright cleaned and lacquered, original C clasp and pin. Circa 32mm in diameter. Copy of CD version of SWB roll entry and copy of WW1 Medal Index Card (MIC) to be supplied.

132746 Gunner William Keen, 6th Battalion Reserve Brigade Royal Field Artillery Royal Garrison Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Served overseas. He enlisted on 19th November 1915 and was discharged on 26th November 1918 due to sickness, aged 32. Entitled to BWM and VM pair.

Approximately 1,150,000 badges were issued to all services, which had to be claimed and then approved.

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Code: 62181Price: 28.00 GBP


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WW1 Silver War Badge (SWB) to Staff Sister Lilian Annie Maude Kerr, Territorial Force Nursing Service (TFNS)

A SWB impressed 506790 issued to a nurse. An unmarked silver circlet inscribed 'For King And Empire Services Rendered' bearing crowned 'GRI' Imperial Cypher to voided centre. In good condition with a fully functional and original pin and c clasp (top bend of pin snapped off but pin looks original). Circa 32mm in diameter. Safety chain fitted.

Miss Lilian Kerr served as a Staff Nurse as part of the TFNS in home hospitals from 27th July 1917 to 31 March 1919, in particular 1st London General Hospital. The entry from the CD ROM version SWB roll and a copy of her WW1 Medal Index Card (MIC) to be supplied, plus a selection of 6 printed papers from her service records which support the discussion of her service and also her appeal for the award of a SWB. The CD ROM SWB roll incorrectly states her enlistment date as 12/5/1919. Her papers confirm she joined the TFNS in 1917.

Approximately 1,150,000 badges were issued to all services, which had to be claimed and then approved. Lilian campaigned hard to get her SWB as her service papers show. Initially deemed ineligible for a disability pension, she appears to have won over the authorities on account of her Rheumatism which she claims resulted from nursing in an open-air ward. Prior to joining the Army, she served as a Matron at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. In 1921, her address was given as C/O Mrs Whymper, 37 Lovelace Gardens, Surbiton, Surrey.

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