Here's another new item we have added to our collection. The King's Badge, this was initially issued to servicemen in the Second World War who had been discharged as a result of injuries. It was also awarded to merchant navy and fishing fleets, coastguard, police, members of the Civil Defence Services and the Home Guard.
It's not clear how many were issued in total during the war, but over 8000 had been awarded by the end of 1941.
Unlike the Silver War Badge awarded in the First World War, these badges were not numbered and cannot be linked to a specific individual, but if you find one of these belonging to a family member, it means they saw service in WW2.