HC Deb 18 August 1919 vol 119 cc1948-9W

asked the Secretary of State for War if a strong feeling exists among men who volunteered for service with the British Army that they ought in justice to receive a special medal and ribbon and be granted the British war medal whether they served at home or abroad; and if he is aware that very many of these volunteers requested to be put on draft for foreign service and were refused, either on the ground that they must be retained at Home for urgent military reasons or because they had the misfortune of being in a low medical category?


As previously stated on several occasions, the question of an award to those who rendered valuable service at home during the War is receiving careful consideration, but to award a war medal to them when they did not leave their native shores during the continuance of active operations would be unprecedented and illogical.