HC Deb 12 October 1943 vol 392 cc683-4
5. Mr. John Duģdale

asked the Secretary of State for War whether men disabled in the last war and now serving with His Majesty's Forces may be allowed to wear their disability badges on their uniforms?

Sir J. Griģģ

I assume my hon. Friend is referring to the Silver War Badge. This was given to officers and men discharged from the military forces in consequence of disablement or ill-health caused otherwise than by misconduct and is not considered appropriate for wear with uniform.

Mr. Duģdale

Is not this really a petty restriction, particularly in view of the fact that men in the Home Guard may wear it, though I realise fully that such men are not discharged but are re-employed?

Sir J. Griģģ

I will inquire into the matter of the Home Guard, but, on the other hand, the argument put forward is not a matter of vast importance anyway. The badge that is given to identify people in civilian clothes as having been in the Army is, I should say, prima facie unsuitable for wearing with uniform.