Volunteered For Active Service, Medically Unfit badge

Accession Number REL/09156
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Silver-plated metal
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1916-1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

Circular, silver plated Volunteered For Active Service Badge - Medically Unfit. Around the outside of the badge in raised lettering is 'VOLUNTEERED FOR ACTIVE SERVICE'. In the center of the badge is the Australian coat of arms surrounded by 'ISSUED BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE MEDICALLY UNFIT' in raised lettering. On the reverse of the badge are two silver plated lugs only one of which still remains. Beneath the lug is impressed the badge number '59731'.

History / Summary

This badge was issued to people of military age who had volunteered for active service outside Australia since 1 July 1915, but had been certified by an authorised Medical Officer as medically unfit to do so.