A great findEasylife wrote: ↑Fri Mar 05, 2021 2:11 pm Rather than going where I would most likely make a few reasonable finds I decided instead to have a wander on some well searched fields just out of curiosity to see if anything else would show up. A few bits and bobs did but nothing much. Light was starting to fade so my only chance to save the day was to walk across the silver field on my way out. My very first target there sounded deep with jumpy high numbers so had good potential and after the first clod was out it turned into a screaming solid 36 on the Nox, so pure that I was confident that it was going to be a big silver. Not a coin but a WWI Silver War Badge at 11" deep. Given for honourable discharge due to wounds.
This chap is a match of same regimental number and receiving SWB, but there may possibly be others matches also?
Quite a few military badges and buttons have come from this field but this is the first that can be associated to an individual, so may help to figure out the past military presence on here? I'm guessing that British and Allied troops camped on here for some reason. Perhaps this guy who was honourably discharged due to wounds came to visit them and lost this badge?
The decoration was introduced as an award of "King's silver" for having received wounds or injury during loyal war service to the Crown's authority. A secondary causation for its introduction was that a practice had developed in the early years of the war in the United Kingdom where some women took it upon themselves to confront and publicly embarrass men of fighting age they saw in public places who were not in military uniform, by ostentatiously presenting them with white feathers, as a suggestion of cowardice.
However, the number on the back is NOT a regimental number ... so the service record you posted is unrelated.
Each badge was uniquely numbered on the reverse. The War Office maintained a register recording which serviceman each one had been issued to in United Kingdom, and the governments of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Rhodesia maintained their own registers of issue (which were copied to the War Office in London to provide it with an Imperial master-record)
More details here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_War_Badge
I think the records are only available at Kew (unsure if they can be searched or downloaded), rather than being on sites like Ancestry. But as the number is unique you would be able to identify the recipient.