WWI era 229th Battalion tiny pin
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You are viewing an interesting relic from the WWI era. A small badge from the South Saskatchewan 229th Battalion attached to an unusual safety pin type fastener. It is still in good order and the minute design features on the leaf shaped insignia are still clear and distinct. This may be an unusual form of a sweetheart pin.
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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.