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WW1 War Pensions

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Margaret Report 28 Feb 2014 20:26

Many thanks for all your replies.
Chris, yes that is him, he had his leg amputated but survived.
I'll get onto the Western Front web site now and see if they have any further information.

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 28 Feb 2014 10:45

Medal card of Beach, Arthur
Corps Regiment No Rank
Northamptonshire Regiment 19114 Private
Northamptonshire Regiment 19114

UK, Silver War Badge Records, 1914-1920
Name:A. Beach
Discharge Unit:Northampton
Badge Number:135689
Unit:Infantry (Warley)
List Number:K 0001/1-0400/2
(Date of Enlistment 10/9/14 Discharge 3/10/17 Wounds, Served Overseas Yes)

(no idea if him?)

Chris :)

Historical Background
The British Empire lost more than 700,000 service personnel killed in World War 1. An even greater number were discharged because of wounds or illness. In September 1916, King George V authorized the Silver War Badge (SWB) to honor all military personnel who had served at home or overseas since 4 August 1914 and who had been discharged because of wounds or illness. The SWB was a small, circular badge made of sterling silver, bearing the king’s initials, a crown, and the inscriptions ‘For King and Empire’ and ‘Services Rendered’.

The SWB was not simply an honor; it also served a practical purpose. At the time, men of military age who were not obviously in the service were sometimes accosted or insulted by civilians presenting them with white feathers — a symbol of cowardice — for shirking their patriotic duty. The badge served as an outward symbol that the wearer’s duty to country had been honorably fulfilled.

Births Sep 1890 (>99%)
Beach Arthur Aston 6d 277

BEACH, William Head Married M 33 1858 Tin Plate Stamper
Birmingham, Warwickshire
BEACH, Ann Wife Married F 29
Birmingham, Warwickshire
BEACH, William Son Single M 10 1881 Scholar
Birmingham, Warwickshire
BEACH, Emily Daughter Single F 3 1888
Birmingham, Warwickshire
BEACH, Arthur Son Single M 0 (8M) 1891
Birmingham, Warwickshire
THORNTON, Ann Mother Widow F 66 1825 Charwoman
Dublin, Ireland
PATRICK, Lucy Niece Single F 17 1874 Press Worker
Birmingham, Warwickshire
Piece: 2403
Folio: 62
Page: 25
Registration District: Aston
Civil Parish: Aston
Municipal Borough: Birmingham
Address: 4 Court 14, Palmer Street, Aston, Deritend, Birmingham
County: Warwickshire


Margaret Report 28 Feb 2014 10:29

Thanks for all your help, his name was Arthur Beach born 14/8/1891 in Birmingham. He was discharged in 1917 because of his wounds.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 27 Feb 2014 23:33

As other members have pointed out on the Military Chat thread, soldiers wounded in service were often given a Silver War Badge, The results don't automatically come up as an Ancestry quivering leaf.

Have you looked for his name on that data-base, or care to give it here?

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 27 Feb 2014 23:09

This is the place to try, although there is a charge


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 27 Feb 2014 20:33

As you've already researched the ones in the public domain and found nothing, its possible that the DWP might have something archived.

As his death was such a while ago, they might probably wouldn't have been digitalised, and may even have been destroyed. There's no harm in trying!

(link removed as a better one posted below)


Margaret Report 27 Feb 2014 20:00

Does anyone know if there are any war pensions records available from WW1. My grandfather was invalided out of WW1 but all his army records were destroyed during WW2. He received a war pension until his death in 1963 and just wondered if there may be information in the Pensions Dept that have survived.
Any help appreciated