217th CEF Battalion Collar Badge
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You are viewing a vintage 217th CEF Battalion collar badge. Comes with a straight pin style attachment, present and in good order, which may indicate an officer grade badge or a "sweetheart". Made of copper, and in excellent overall condition.
The 217th Battalion was raised in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. Went to England on June 2nd 1917, where they became part of the 15th Reserve Battalion... Check the scans. A piece of true Canadian History for any collector of Canadian CEF badges.
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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.