The History of Leith

January 19, 2007

Veterans badge

Dear Editor,

I am writing to you to ask me to help publicise the “Veterans badge” to your readers. As some of your readers may know, the government has recently announced an extension of eligibility for the Veterans’ Lapel Badge.

The extension of the badge allows all those who enlisted in HM Armed Forces between 3 September 1945 and 31 December 1959 to apply, which covers the period of the Korean conflict. All those who served during World War Two including those in the Cyprus Regiment, the Home Guard, and Polish Forces under UK command are also eligible, as are war widows, and Merchant Navy seamen who saw active service.

It is now over 60 years since the end of World War Two, but we must never forget the sacrifices so many young men, and women, gave for the freedoms we enjoy today.

Having met a number of ex-service men and women I know that many of those who served in the forces during this time wear their badge with a great deal of pride, and I am keen to ensure that all those who are eligible for the badge are given the opportunity to apply.

If any of your readers would like an application form, or more information on the badge, they can contact my office on 0131 557 0577, or write to me at my constituency office at 86-88 Brunswick Street, Edinburgh EH7 5HU (email: The government has also set-up a dedicated free-phone Veterans’ information line on 0800 169 2277.

Yours sincerely,


MP for Edinburgh North & Leith

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