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WW1 Silver War Badge (SWB) to Samuel Chapman, A pre war regular soldier of the DCLI (Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry) - low number

WW1 Silver War Badge (SWB) to Samuel Chapman, A pre war regular soldier of the DCLI (Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry) - low number

A first pattern SWB officially impressed 1639 awarded to Sergeant Samuel Chapman, DCLI. An unmarked silver circlet inscribed 'For King And Empire Services Rendered' bearing crowned 'GRI' Imperial Cypher to voided centre, to which a red felt backing has been added, presumably by the owner, so I have left this in place. In good condition, original C clasp and pin. Circa 32mm in diameter.

6227 Sergeant Samuel Chapman enlisted during the Boer War on the 7th February 1900. He was entitled to a 1914-15 trio and entered France on the 19th December 1915. He was honourably discharged account of sickness just under a year later on the 15th November 1916. Copy of CD version of SWB roll entry to together with a copy of his WW1 Medal Index Card (MIC) to be supplied. An early SWB award hence such a low number, '1639'. Worthy of further research as I suspect he had some Boer War service also.

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.

G132

Code: 62760

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Scarce WW1 SWB to a Royal Naval Division Engineer / Royal Engineers, Sapper Alfred Farrell

Scarce WW1 SWB to a Royal Naval Division Engineer / Royal Engineers, Sapper Alfred Farrell

A SWB officially impressed 419306 awarded to Sapper Alfred Farrell of the Royal Naval Division Engineers (RND (E)) and later the 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, silver dark toned, original C clasp and pin. Circa 32mm in diameter. Supplied with supporting research.

Alfred enlisted 6th December 1915 as 5584 Sapper Royal Naval Division Engineers. His 'naval records' confirm he served with them until 31st January 1917 when he was transferred to the Army as a Royal Engineer sapper no 207947. He was also entitled to a BWM and VM and these were named to his service in the Army rather than the Royal Navy.

Alfred Farrell was born on the 22nd August 1896 in Benfield, Shoreham, Sussex and was just over 19 years of age when he enlisted in 1915. His trade prior to enlistment is noted as Carpenter & Joiner. He did serve overseas and was wounded and honorably discharged on the 6th July 1918 on account of his wounds, aged 21, presumably as a result of his Army service.

One of the unsung ancillary battalions of the Royal Naval Division was the Deal Battalion, also termed the Royal Marine Divisional Engineers. These men served with the RND at Gallipoli before being transported to France in 1916 where they supported the RND on the Somme and in particular at the battle of the Ancre, the final battle of that campaign. The Deal battalion was then broken up and re-designated as - 247th Field Company Royal Engineers (63rd Royal Naval Division), 248th Field Company Royal Engineers (63rd Royal Naval Division) and the 249th Field Company Royal Engineers (63rd Royal Naval Division). They continued to support the RND in the major engagements of 1917 (3rd Ypres) as well as 1918 (the 100 day offensive). There is a complexity of naming styles - 'Deal Division', 'Royal Marine Divisional Engineers', 'RND Engineers' etc. and the fact that they joined the navy but ended categorised as army makes for an interesting research project.

Members of the RND Divisional Engineers had the Deal Prefix 1/S to 1500/S and 5001/S to 5895/S.

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Code: 62759

55.00 GBP


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

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: 62267

45.00 GBP


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

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: 62238

45.00 GBP


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

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: 62187

35.00 GBP


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

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: 62186

35.00 GBP


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

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: 62185

30.00 GBP


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

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: 62184

35.00 GBP


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

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: 62183

30.00 GBP


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

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: 62182

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