WWI era 89th Battalion CEF Cap Badge
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Above are the scans for an excellent rendering of a WWI era 86th Battalion CEF (Calgary) cap badge with straight pin usually indicating an officer grade badge, or a sweetheart. Has an unreadable hallmark. (view scans) Made of very shiny brass, and still retaining its crisp design features, as well as it straight pin attachment in good order ...
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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 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.