OFFORD, Charles Thomas

Display Number:  0203  
Name:  Offord  Charles Thomas
Rank:  Stoker Service Number:  
Date Joined:   Date Discharged:  

Charles Offord served in the Royal Navy in the First World War as a Stoker. He was invalided out of the Navy on 8th October 1919. He was awarded the 'For the King and Empire Services Rendered' badge. This was given to former servicemen to show that they had served in the First World War to stop them being accosted on the streets by women calling them cowards and giving them white feathers. 


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  • 1914-15 Star - Awarded to servicemen and servicewomen who served between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915 in any "theatre of war", provided they had not qualified for the 1914 Star. Those eligible for the medal must have 'served on the establishment of a unit in a theatre of war' during the relevant dates of operations in that area. This included service in Gallipoli (25 April 1915 - 31 December 1915), Egypt (5 November 1914 - 31 December 1915) and service during the capture of German Samoa on 29 August 1914.
  • Victory Medal - Was issued to all those who had already qualified for the 1914 Star or the 1914-15 Star, and to most persons who had already qualified for the British War Medal. It was awarded to all New Zealand troops serving overseas, except for those who arrived in Samoa after 30 August 1914 and those serving in Great Britain only. It is also sometimes referred to as the "Allied War Medal", because the same basic design and double rainbow ribbon were adopted by 13 other allied nations.
  •  For King and Empire Services Rendered Badge - Given to servicemen who were discharged due to illness or injury to show they had served.