WWI era 158th Battalion CEF Officer Cap Badge Lot #1


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Above are the scans for an excellent rendering of a WWI era 158th Battalion CEF cap badge with straight pin usually indicating an officer grade badge, or a sweetheart. Made of copper, and still retaining its crisp design features, however it straight pin attachment is missing... 

The 158th (Duke of Connaught's Own) Battalion, CEF was a unit in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. Based in VancouverBritish Columbia, the unit began recruiting in late 1915 in that city. After sailing to England in November 1916, the battalion was absorbed into the 1st Reserve Battalion on January 6, 1917. The 158th (Duke of Connaught's Own) Battalion, CEF had one Officer Commanding: Lieut-Col. C. Milne. The 158th Battalion is perpetuated by The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own)

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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.

                                Laurence Bunyon