Girl Guides Gazette, May 1515 - War Service Badge
The War Service Badge will be granted on the recommendation of a Captain, and approved by the Commissioner, to all Guides and Guide Officers who have performed or shall perform before the end of the war alternatively:
a) Not fewer than twenty-one days' special service for Hospitals, Nursing Institutions and other Public Departments or Societies or Girl Guides' Hostels. This service must be at the request of some competent authority, and must be carried out for at least three hours per day. Or:
b) Not fewer than 15 articles personally made, include 4 pairs of socks, 4 pairs of mittens, 2 shirts, 1 pyjama suit, 1 child's garment, 1 woman's garment, 1 belt, and 1 bedjacket.
Knitting and needlework already done for Soldiers, Sailors, Sea Scouts, Belgian Refugees, Hospitals, etc may count.
N.B. where it is not possible to have material for shirts, pyjamas and bed jackets provided, a Guide may make up her number of articles by adding to the number of socks and children's garments. Or:
c) For twenty-one days' work, not necessarily consecutive, for paid employment in connection with recognized firms working directly for the Government in connection with the war, or in connection with "War Service for Women" initiated by the Government Labour Exchanges. In such work for instance as Farm Work, Dairy Work, Market Gardening, Poultry Farming, Light Machining for Armaments, Clothing Machining, Brush Making, etc.
1920 Girl Guide Badges and How to Win Them - War Service Badge 1919
Application should be made in the same way as those for other badges - through the Local or County Secretary. In districts where there is a Commissioner, the Commissioner will e responsible that only genuine bona fide War Work is rewarded.
Where Commissioners are not yet appointed, applications will be dealt with by Headquarters as heretofore.
The War Service Badge will be granted on the recommendation of a Captain and approved by the Commissioner, to all Brownies, Guides, Senior Guides or Guiders who have performed or shall perform before the end of the year alternatively:-
a) Not fewer than 100 hours' special unpaid service for Hospitals, Nursing Institutions and other Public Departments, Societies, or War Funds, etc. This service must be at the request of some competent authority. If should be done as a Guide for the War and not merely because of the War.
b) Not fewer than 15 articles personally made, to include 4 pairs of socks, 4 pairs of mittens, 2 shirts, 1 pyjama suit, 1 child's garment, 1 woman's garment, 1 belt, and 1 bed-jacket for Sailors, Soldiers, Sea Scouts, Belgian Refugees, Hospitals. Knitting and Needlework already done, etc., may count.
c) Not fewer than 200 Treasure Bags for Hospitals, made with the aid of a machine, or not fewer than 150 made by hand.
d) Not fewer than 100 hours' work in any garden or allotment or on the land, such as may help to increase the food of the nation. This work may include the growing of vegetables or fruit, hay-making, fruit-picking, reaping, hoeing, etc., but the worker must receive no wage, neither must she be in direct receipt of the profits if the produce be sold.
N.B. - Where it is not possible to have material for shirts, pyjamas and bed-jackets provided, a Guide may make up her number of articles by adding to the number of socks, children's garments and treasure bags.
1943 Policy Organisation and Rules - War Service Badge
Any enrolled Guide may qualify for the War Service Badge, but this will not be awarded until she has passed her Second Class Test.
The work must be undertaken with the approval of the local Guider or Commissioner, and signed for by the authority under whom she has worked or by the Commissioner as being in all ways satisfactory.
This badge will be awardee on the completion of 96 hours voluntary war service within any 12 months. In the case of time spent "on call" for First Aid Posts etc., 144 hours must be completed instead of 96.
The Commissioner may award the badge for any achievement equivalent to the above which she considers is better judged by results than by time expended, e.g. Handiwork, etc.