CEF PPCLI WWI Sweetheart Badge


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You are viewing a CEF Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry WWI era sweetheart badge - An excellent example of the very early voided "margarite" style cap badge that has been professionally re-made into a "sweetheart". Note the two flat spots on the back of the badge where the vertically placed lugs were originally, and one can easily see the professional job done to set the straight pin attachment in place. Excellent workmanship.  Appears to be browning copper construction. Nice patina!


"Sweetheart badges" and pins were often given to a female loved one, by their soldier lover, son, or father. They could have been supplied, for a cost, by the quartermaster or by a private organization, such as Birks. Most were simply converted uniform devises from the regiment, as is this example, and were available in the tuck shops. Many, if not all, of the battalions and regiments had this type of inspirational badge. As the war years wore on, many of the givers were lost, and did not return. Consequently, these items became very cherished by their recipients. Therefore they are generally called "sweethearts" ...

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning

We will remember them.

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History:

The PPCLI was raised on the initiative of Captain A. H. Gault in 1914, to participate in the Canadian war effort for the First World War. It was the first Canadian infantry unit to arrive on the battlefield; arriving in France on December 21, 1914, and consequently was too early to be a numbered battalion. The Patricias took their place in the trenches on 6 January 1915, at "Dickiebush". On May 8, the horrific conflict for the defence of Bellewaerde Ridge during the Battle of Frezenberg established the glorious reputation of the Patricias but at tremendous cost. When they came out of the line 3 days later, they had lost 500 men. They went on to continue to fight in France and Begium throughout the war.