HC Deb 31 January 1918 vol 101 c1769W
Major HUNT

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War why the Rev. W. L. Cook, who served as chaplain to His Majesty's Forces from November, 1915, to June, 1917, including the care of wounded abroad and at sea, is not allowed to receive the silver badge, in view of the fact that he only left the Service because there was no employment for him in this country, and on account of Army service was no longer considered medically fit to serve abroad after June, 1917?


The silver war badge is awarded only to those who have had to relinquish their appointments, commissions, etc., on account of old age or physical disabilities which render them permanently unfit for further military service. The Rev. W. L. Cook ceased to be employed as a chaplain to the forces on termination of his contract," and not on account of old age, wounds or sickness. This badge is in no sense a "commemorative medal" awarded to all who have served.