WW2 era Victoria Rifles of Canada (VRC) silver plated Sweetheart Pin

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You are viewing the scans of a Victoria Rifles of Canada, silver plated Sweetheart Pin, with its hanger and straight pin attachment in good order. This badge was made from an original collar or cap badge. note in the scan of the back, the places for the lug attachments are still evident. Also note the fine detail work which testifies to the expert maker quality of this larger sweetheart.

History: The Victoria Rifles of Canada originated in Montréal, Quebec on 22 January 1862, as the 3rd Battalion Volunteer Militia Rifles Canada. The battalion was called out on active service during the 1866 Fenian Raids from 8 March to 31 March 1866, and during the 1870 Fenian Raids from 24 May to 24 June 1870..They also supplied volunteers for the 24th Battalion (Victoria Rifles), CEF in 1914 which embarked for Great Britain on 11 May 1915. After arriving on 16 September 1915, they fought as part of the 5th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. WW2 saw the Victoria Rifles of Canada serving on the home front in Canada and in NFLD from the 7th of November 1940 to September 1941 on garrison duty as part of the 17th Infantry Brigade, 7th Canadian Division. The 1st Battalion of the Victoria Rifles embarked for Great Britain on 20 November 1944, but it was broken up the very next day, on 21 November 1944, to provide reinforcements for other units of the Canadian Army in the field....

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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