Gunner C.G.T. Barnes Discharge Certificate 1919:
|The reference to chevrons "one red four blue" relates
to the length of overseas service. The "Chevrons for Service Overseas",
also known as "War Service Stripes" were instituted in January 1918. The red chevron
was awarded for service overseas before December 31st 1914 and blue for the years 1915, 1916, 1917 and 1918. In all,
Charles served for five
years and 105 days from 1914 to 1919. The chevrons were worn on
the right forearm sleeve. Active service for any period in a given year
qualified for the chevron.
Gunner C.G.T. Barnes was discharged being "surplus to military requirements, having suffered impairment since into the Service, Para 392 (xvia) Kings Regulations. The nature of the impairment is unknown but having been discharged under Kings Regulations, paragraph 392 (xvia) C.G.T. Barnes was awarded the Silver War Badge. The badge hasn't survived the passage of time but the Silver War Badge Certificate has.