WWI era CEF 80th Battalion Sweetheart Badge WWI
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You are viewing the scans for a WWI 80th Battalion sweetheart badge. (Brass composition). This beautiful example is complete with both lugs. A clean copper badge with very nice patina giving evidence to its age. Formed in 1915. This battalion was raised in Eastern Ontario, with headquarters in Barriefield. Sailed for England in May of 1916, and was used to re-supply the 51st Infantry Battalion. A beauty for any collector of Canadian CEF badges.
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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?