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Predicate Object Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1996x2.403.1.2 2015-08-14T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-06-20T23:46:52.005Z 65 veterans/wars wounded/wars The Silver War Badge (1916-1922) for ‘Services Rendered’, was originally intended as a token of recognition of service to be worn in public when wearing civilian dress to indicate that the recipient had "done his duty" and had been honourably discharged from the Service (for reasons of age or physical infirmity due to ill-health or wounds caused by war service. First issued in 1916, and awarded retrospectively for service dating back to 1914, the badge had the added purpose of ensuring that men in civilian dress who had served were not mistaken for shirkers. Each recipient also received a Card of Authority to wear the badge and was required to carry and, if necessary, produce the card when wearing the badge. The badge and card of authority were inscribed with a number corresponding to a number in the War Badge Rolls and can be used to identify the individual to whom the badge was issued. A full list of the conditions governing the issue and wearing of the badge was published in New Zealand papers in February 1918, and readers were advised that “Sufficient silver badges have just been received for issue to every discharged soldier at present in New Zealand, and their issue will commence from 1st March next.” [Evening Post, 22 February 1918, Page 8] Find out more at the following websites: Silver War Badge for Services Rendered, Royal Navy, WW1 circular silver badge; pierced; brooch pin fastening obverse: legend: on band: FOR KING AND EMPIRE / SERVICES RENDERED; at centre the royal cipher GRI with imperial crown above reverse: issue number inscribed verso: RN12399 [RN12397?] badge, service
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