WWI era 45th Battalion CEF Sweetheart Badge
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Above you may view the scans for a WWI 45th Battalion CEF sweetheart badge. This beautiful example a repaired straight pin attachment that appears solid. The enameling is still excellent. A beautiful sweetheart commemorative. The badge is very clean and still somewhat shiny...
.The 45th Battalion CEF came mostly from the Brandon Manitoba area of Western Canada. The unit began recruiting during the summer of 1915 and sailed for England on March 13th 1916. This battalion, composed of 758 members became part of the 11th reserve Battalion when they arrived in England...
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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?