A man who had served only on home service was entitled to a war gratuity only at a reduced rate and only after a minimum of six months service. If he served overseas, even for a day, he should receive the higher rate for overseas service and the six month requirement no longer applied.
Private C Davison, a pre-war territorial soldier, died on 13 March 1915. As he only had home service (in excess of 6 months) he was entitled to the basic war gratuity of £5. In May 1919 his estate received payment of £3 net war gratuity – £5 less the £2 service gratuity which had already been paid out.