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Normal to receive two SWBs?


TEW

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I've been looking through SWB rolls and checking for service files for various reasons and found a man who seems to have succesfully claimed for two SWBs for two separate bouts of service.

 

Enlisted originally 25/1/1916 Royal Berks. Found guilty at DCM for selling greatcoat and transfered to 14th Inf Works Co. Devon Regiment. Went through various Lab Coy units, had no overseas service and was Discharged 13/4/1918 KR 392 xvi permanently unfit. Chronic osteomyelitis both tibia.

 

His application for a SWB must have been made circa March 1919 (following a change in the regs) and his SWB issue voucher is dated 24/4/1919. He then re-enlisted 29/5/1919 into Lab Coy and served in UK and France until 18/12/1919 when he was Disch KR 392 xxva accident to both legs. Some time around Feb/March 1920 he applied for and received a second SWB. He does have three sets of records on FMP which show that it is the same man.

 

He had a £25 gratuity for the first discharge but his second pension claim was rejected.

 

 

TEW

 

 

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There is another "double issue" Silver War Badge currently up for auction on Wellington Auctions awarded to a convicted deserter (1917), who received his first SWB on being discharged (1918) for being no longer physically fit for war service. The chap then re-enlisted in the Labour Corps and received a second badge when discharged (1919) for the same reason.
See here
https://wellingtonauctions.com/a-silver-war-badge-to-private-albert-roberts-kings-royal-rifle-corps-a-convicted-deserter

 

Sepoy

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Thanks Sepoy,

 

Seems it may be a rare occurence but not affecting the price of Roberts' 1st SWB. Odd that when you type in badge No. B63011 in to ancestry you get the two results for both his SWBs, the latter being 524926 and not as stated on the website.

 

Thanks

TEW

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  • 6 years later...

There were several instances of this occurring, for former soldiers who reenlisted in the RAF. They introduced a policy whereby they would check the army record, prior to a potential badge issuance, and if the airman had already been in receipt of a SWB, they would not issue a further one.

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