The Silver War Badge(SWB)

First Issued in 1916

Written and researched by David Bohl, with the kind help of the British Newspaper Archive.

The Liverpool Echo dated Monday, July 24th 1916 reported the reason for the issue of the new badge.

The Silver War Badge is to be issued to our officers, men (Army and Navy),
and nurses who have returned to civil life wounded or otherwise unfit.

The Aliens had several players who were awarded the Silver War Badge
Players Born/Died Occupation Military Career Comments
Ernest Pattinson BYWELL 1879 Great Ayton, Yorks d.1968 Liverpool Assistant Elementary School Teacher (1911 Census) Pte RAMC #1903, Lt 's Liverpool Regt #339459, awarded Silver War Badge  Lived at 12 Dorset Ave, Wavertree. Durham University in 1901 Boat Race
Alfred CANNELL 1884 Laxey, Isle of Man d. 1954 Bolton School Teacher (1911 Census) Acting Staff Serjeant Royal Army Medical Corps #337391, awarded Silver War Badge 1919lver War Badge Lived at "Axnfel" Queens Drive, Walton, Bro-in-law of Aked Booth. Left teaching 1919, Yarn Agent 1939
John Edmund Moss BRUNSKILL 1891 Liverpool d. 1975 Petersfield, Hants. Chemist (1911 Census) Staff Sjt. Royal Army Medical Corps #1409, awarded Silver War Badge 1919 Lived at 1 Bristol Rd, Wavertree. Lecturer at Faculty of Medicine in Cairo
Arthur ROBERTS 1886 Toxteth d. 1939 Liverpool Teacher Assistant (1911 Census) Pte. King's Liverpool Regt #202331, awarded Silver War Badge in 1917 Lived at 102 Granby St, Toxteth
Charles Napier COOKE 1891 Liverpool d. 1976 Derby Clerk Tobacco Mfr (1911 Census Pte R.Welsh Fus. #208338 and Sgt King's Liverpool Regiment #3075, awarded Silver War Badge in 1919 Lived at 56 Madelaine St, Toxteth Park

The Newspapers of the time reported the issue of the new badge in 1916, and the changes to its qualification in subsequent years.

The Broad Arrow 20/9/1916
The Hull Mail 16/11/1916
The People 21/01/1917
The Daily Record 03/04/1917
Army and Navy Gazette 15/9/1917
The Tewksbury Register 24/11/1917

 The Editor explains that the badge cannot be replaced if just lost
The Birmingham Gazette 16/3/1918
The People 5/5/1918
The Aberdeen Express 14/8/1918
The Western Gazette 18/9/1918
The Army and Navy Gazette 21/9/1918
The Belfast News 9/10/1918
The Northern Whig 12/10/1918
The Coventry Herald 11/1/1919
The Exeter Chronicle 19/3/1919

The Aberdeen Express 23/2/1920
The Aberdeen Express 1/4/1920

 By 1920 the number of SWB issued was 1,199,629 (Sheffield Independent 14th Oct 1920)



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