For some time prior to the start of World War One a Service Gratuity had been payable to those men who had served as regular soldiers and had been discharged. During the war this gratuity was paid alongside the War Gratuity.
This gratuity made payment of £1 for each year or part year of military service . This gave roughly half a week’s worth of the average wage for each qualifying year of military service and was intended to assist a man back in to civilian life. A guaranteed minimum payment of £2 was paid out if a man died or he was discharged due to disablement.