5th Western Cavalry Sweetheart Badge
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Above are the scans for this exquisite gilded sweetheart badge/pin which is commemorative of the 5th Western Cavalry. In excellent condition with enameling at 100%. Appears to be a guilt-ed version over a rather heavy metal, maybe a brass. An excellent piece with original straight pin attachment in good order.
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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 were usually supplied, for a cost, by the quartermaster or by a private organization, such as Birks. Many 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 why not call them sweethearts? (Forever Young!)
The 5th Battalion recruited in Brandon, Manitoba; Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Red Deer, Alberta and Merritt and Vernon, British Columbia and was mobilized at Camp Valcartier, Quebec.
The 5th Battalion was authorized on 10 August 1914 and embarked for Great Britain on 29 September 1915. It entered the theater of operations in France on 14 February 1915, where it fought as part of the 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1920.