WW1 CEF 151st Batallion Sweetheart Pin
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You are viewing a WW1 CEF 151st Battalion Sweetheart Pin. Made of brass, with its original cross pin in good order. This is a high quality design with enameling in perfect condition. Sweetheart pins where well made period copies of the soldier's cap badge often, as this one is with features highlighted using colored enamel. Soldiers would often make gifts of these to wives mothers and, of course, girlfriends. This is a copy of the second design originally produced by Jackson (maker) has the "Canada" portion on the scrolling omitted. This battalion was raised Central Alberta, with headquarters at Camp Sarcee. 954 members of the 151st sailed for England on December 22nd, 1915. Upon arrival they became part of the 9th, 11th, and 21st Reserve battalion supplying reinforcements to other battalions fighting in France.
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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?