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Record Details for Charles F Ward (Royal Garrison Artillery)


First Name: Charles F
Surname: Ward
Age: 24
Additional Notes: Particulars Furnished: Dover, 23/04/1920.
Rank: Sergeant
Service Number: 166504
Service From Date: 13/03/1912
Service To Date: 02/02/1919
Silver War Badge Number: 471093
War Office Ref. Number: RGA/1988
Reason for Discharge: Paragraph 392 King's Regulations (xvia) Surplus to military requirements (having suffered impairment since entry into the service).
Campaign Medals:
Victory Medal
victory medalGiven the information we have available it is likely that Charles F Ward was entitled to the Victory medal, also called the Inter Allied Victory Medal. This medal was awarded to all who received the 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star and, with certain exceptions, to those who received the British War Medal. It was never awarded alone. These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.

Eligibility for this award consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.
British War Medal
british war medalFrom the information available to us, it is very possible that Charles F Ward was entitled to the British War Medal for service in World War One. This British Empire campaign medal was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918.

The medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period.
Silver War Badge
silver war badgeThe Silver War Badge was issued in the United Kingdom to service personnel who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness during World War I. The badge, sometimes known as the Discharge Badge, Wound Badge or Services Rendered Badge, was first issued in September 1916, along with an official certificate of entitlement.

The sterling silver lapel badge was intended to be worn in civilian clothes. It had been the practice of some women to present white feathers to apparently able-bodied young men who were not wearing the King's uniform. The badge was to be worn on the right breast while in civilian dress, it was forbidden to wear on a military uniform.

The badge bears the royal cipher of GRI (for Georgius Rex Imperator; George, King and Emperor) and around the rim "For King and Empire; Services Rendered". Each badge was uniquely numbered on the reverse. The War Office made it known that they would not replace Silver War Badges if they went missing, however if one was handed into a police station then it would be returned to the War Office. If the original recipient could be traced at his or her discharge address then the badge would be returned.
Overseas: Yes
Service: British Army
Archive Reference: SWB/2989
Primary Unit: Royal Garrison Artillery
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The Eastern Division, HQ at Dover. Depot companies at Dover and Great Yarmouth.
The Southern Division, HQ at Portsmouth. Depot companies at Gosport and Seaforth (near Liverpool).
The Western Division, HQ at Devonport. Depot companies at Plymouth and Scarborough.

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