HC Deb 19 December 1944 vol 406 c1617
47. Mr. Leach

asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that considerable numbers of young men, honourably discharged from the Services with disabilities alleged to be non-attributable cannot obtain any badge to protect them from insults, spoken or otherwise, from ignorant members of the public; and will he take steps to secure some protective token for them.

The Prime Minister

In present-day conditions of universal national service, no man's patriotism can be challenged because he wears civilian clothes. Moreover, the only persons discharged from the Forces who have not already some outward official mark of their service, for instance, the ribbon of the Africa or 1939–43 Stars, the King's Badge, or chevrons for war service, would be some of those discharged on account of non-attributable disability after service of less than twelve months. It is not proposed to institute a special badge for these.