1. Badges, at what stages were these awarded? i.e. 3yrs/6yrs
A maximum of 3 GC badges could be earned and from 1860 to Jan 1946 they were awarded for 3, 8 and 13yrs with conduct marked as Good or above, until 1919 GC pay was 1 old penny per day, increased to 3 old pence per day 1 Feb 1919.
2. Re getting busted 1917/18 is that likely for being rated as Fair in performance grade?
No the grade of Fair 1st appears for year ending 31 Dec 1915 and indicates he must have been recorded in the Defaulters Book, probably several times. That could be for fairly minor offences of being improperly dressed, late on duty, late back from leave, not shaving – lots of stuff. That also co-incides with him being eprived his 1st GC Badge.
3. Are the records held at FAAM available on line or is a visit required?
No the FAAM records are not online for the WWII period, but a letter to the curator should help. Having said that your comment re being in Belfast, the RNR may be red herring (more in item 5).
4. Regarding the 42 days Hard Labour this seems quite a severe punishment ….
His character/conduct had some ups and downs over the 2 yrs (from 1915, re item 2 above), culminating his detention. You may think the punishment harsh, but that was military discipline at the time. Even today not many soldiers or sailors have a desire to repeat their experiences of Military Prison; perhaps that’s what is wrong with civil prisons.
HMS Halcyon Anti-Submarine & Auxilariary Patrol Depot ship based at Lowestoft.
John Briggs served on her from June 1911 to 21 Jan 1916 when he sentenced to 42 days detention, after that he was released from detention and sent to HMS Pemroke at Chatham awaiting draft to Intrepid. She was Depot Ship North Russia 1915-16 and was Depot Ship White Sea Command Apr 1917- Dec 1917 and was sunk as a block ship Apr 1918.
5. Re the WW2 Kings Badge are you aware if records of issue where kept, I have tried Kew's on line system but there are reams of documents on pensions etc but no apparent medal type roll for this award/badge?
King’s Badge – I believe the roll of King’s Badge awards is still with the MoD Medal Office, (http://www.veterans-uk.info/recordsmedalsbadges.htm
) unlike the Silver War Badge of WWI, the WWII King’s Badge wasn’t numbered and the certificates issued with the KB’s weren’t even named. The King’s Badge was issued to wounded former servicemen, Merchant Navy, Civil Defence (fire watchers, air raid wardens etc) Home Guard, Auxiliary Fire Men, Police etc., who became disabled from war service.
It’s a catch 22 situation you can’t find his WWII medal (or King’s Badge) entitlement without knowing his service branch and ideally his service number; did he receive the WWII Defence Medal?
If he was serving in a Belfast Auxiliary Force during WWII, it’s possible he was injured in the Bombing of Easter 1941, when some 900 persons persished and a further 1500 injured. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfast_Blitz
Hop that covers everything, if not just ask.