KING'S BADGE:  United Kingdom. 1939-1945.  The King's Badge was a round silver badge, with the words FOR LOYAL SERVICE on the outer border and the crowned royal cipher in the center of the badge.  It was initially awarded to members of the British armed forces, merchant navy, and fishing fleets who were disabled and pensioned as a result of wartime service or wounds subsequent to 3 September 1939.  In 1944 eligibility was extended to Civil Defence, the Police, the Home Guard, and the Coast Guard.  

Sources: Risbey, Peter N., "H.G.s Can Wear King's Badge," reprint from Daily Express, 4 December 1944, location http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/homefront/medals/kingbdge.html, 2002.

Entry 0399 - posted 2 September 2003