HC Deb 01 November 1916 vol 86 cc1691-2
48. Mr. WATT

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the silver war badge for service is refused to medical men who have served for a year or over in the Royal Army Medical Corps if they have not relinquished their commissions on account of old age, or physical infirmity arising from wounds, or sickness caused by military service; whether he is aware that this Regulation works out unfairly to many medical men who have left the service only on the urgent call of duty to the civilian population, who are bound to have some medical attention; and whether he will alter the Regulation accordingly?


The silver badge was introduced specifically for distinguishing those who, having served with His Majesty's Forces since 4th August, 1914, have relinquished their commissions or appointments or have been discharged on account of age, wounds, or sickness. It is not a commemorative medal for service during the War. If a medal is granted for the present War, the claims of those persons whom the hon. Member mentions will be considered with all others who have served in the War.


Are men in this service, who have done their best at the front, to be refused this badge?


I have already explained the circumstances under which this badge is given.