WWI 169th Battalion CEF Sweetheart Badge
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Above you may view the scans for a WWI 169h Battalion CEF sweetheart badge. This beautiful example comes with its original straight pin attachment. The enameling is still 100%. A beautiful sweetheart commemorative. The badge is very clean and still somewhat shiny, base metal appears to be brass.
.The 169th Battalion CEF came mostly from the Toronto area of Ontario. The unit began recruiting during the summer of 1916 and sailed for England on October 26th, 1916. This battalion, composed of 909 members, became part of the 5th Reserve Battalion shortly after arriving 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?