CEF 102nd Battalion Collar badge CEF


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You are viewing a vintage CEF WWI 102nd Battalion collar badge. This British Columbia badge is made of browning copper, with a straight pin attachment in good order. The attachment devise may indicate this badge to be what is known as a "Sweetheart".

This badge has a high quality Indian Head design with no chips or dents. Note this type has no "overseas" motif. Only the C.E.F. lettering at the top. It also has an unreadable hallmark at the base of the leaf on the obverse... This battalion was raised in Northern British Columbia with headquarters located at Comox on the pacific coast,during July of 1915.This was a large battalion, consisting of 1007 officers and enlisted ranks. The 102nd sailed for England on June 20th, 1916. They became part of the 11th infantry brigade 4th Canadian Division fighting in France and Belgium.


Sweetheart badges and pins were often given to a female loved one, by their soldier lover, son, 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.


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