CEF 157th Battalion Sweethart Pin ( WWI era)
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You are viewing a vintage CEF 157th Battalion Sweetheart pin from the WWI era. Made of brass, with its original cross pin in good order. This is a high quality 2nd pattern design with enameling in perfect condition.
This battalion known as the Simcoe Foresters was of course formed in Simcoe County, Ontario, during the winter of 1915-16. This was composed of 998 officers and other ranks. They sailed for England on October 18th, 1916. Upon arrival they became part of the 19th, 116th, and 125th Battalions supplying re-inforcements to those 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?