WWI era 203rd Battalion Collar badge or Sweetheart Pin
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Above you may view the scans for a WWI 203rd Battalion collar badge or sweetheart. (Brass composition). This beautiful brass badge example has a horizontal straight pin attachment, usually a sign of an officer grade badge or a "sweetheart. A rare find for the discerning collector of Canadian CEF badges.
Formed in July of 1916. This battalion was raised in Manitoba, with headquarters in Winnipeg. Known as the "Royal Winnipeg Rifles". Sailed for England in October of 1916,and was used to resupply the 18th Reserve Battalion.
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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?