WWI era 56th Battalion CEF Sweetheart Badge


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Above you may view the scans for a WWI 56th Battalion sweetheart badge. This beautiful example is made of browning brass but missing its straight pin attachment. The design features of this badge are still very distinct. This officer collar/sweetheart was cast in the form of a standard 56th Battalion collar badge. A brass officer collar badge, with an "Inglis" hallmark, and possibly a beautiful sweetheart commemorative as well...


The 56th Battalion CEF (Calgary), was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. The 56th Battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Britain on 20 March 1916. It provided reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field until 6 July 1916, when its personnel were absorbed by the 9th Reserve Battalion, CEF. The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1917.


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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