UK Merchant Seafarers Veteran’s Badge
The Merchant Seafarers’ bravery and sacrifice in assisting HM Armed Forces in military operations has been formally commemorated with the launch of the new UK Merchant Seafarers Veteran’s Badge.
The badge is available to all Merchant Navy seafarers and fishermen who served in a vessel at a time when it was operated to facilitate military operations by UK Armed Forces at any time prior to 31 December 1994.
The badge cannot be issued posthumously as it is a survivors’ badge, which is to be worn on civilian clothing. The only exception to this is for Widow(er)s in receipt of a War Widow(er)’s Pension paid by Service Personnel and Veterans Agency. The deceased must have Served prior to and including 31 December 1994 (National Insurance Number must now be provided).
The introduction of this dedicated badge for Merchant Navy seafarers and fishermen means that applications by these individuals for the HM Armed Forces Veteran’s Badge will no longer be accepted with effect from 27 June 2006. If an individual already holds an HM Armed Forces Veteran’s Badge they may still apply for the UK Merchant Seafarers Veteran’s Badge.Members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary who Served prior to 31 December 1994 should continue to apply for the HM Armed Forces Veteran’s Badge.
Download application form click here
Applications for the UK Merchant Seafarers Veteran’s Badge should be sent to either of the following addresses:
Merchant Navy Association
9 Saxon Way
Tel: 01472 851130 +44 1472 851130 (overseas)
16 Glebe Road
Tel: 01480 412958 +44 1480412958 (overseas)