WWI era 211th CEF Battalion Sweetheart Pin


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Above you may view the scans for a WWI 211th (BC & Alta) Battalion CEF sweetheart badge. This beautiful example has its straight pin attachment in good solid condition. The enameling is excellent. The badge is very clean and still somewhat shiny, may be gold plated. A beautiful sweetheart commemorative


Some History.The members of the 211th Battalion CEF came mostly from Alberta and BC. The unit began recruiting in Vancouver during the summer of 1916 and sailed for England on December 20th 1916.  When they arrived in England the 211th Battalion, composed of 647 member volunteers, became part of the Canadian Railway Troops, and fought in France & Belgium throughout the war.... 


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Sweetheart badges and pins were often given to a female loved one, by their soldier lover, son (usually), 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, 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 continued, 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.