WWI era 61st Battalion CEF Officer Collar Badge


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Above are the scans for an excellent rendering of a WWI era 61st Battalion CEF cap badge with straight pin usually indicating an officer grade badge, or a sweetheart. Made of gilded brass, and still retaining its crisp design features, and comes with its original straight pin attachment...

The 61st Battalion (Winnipeg), CEF was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The 61st Battalion was authorized on 20 April 1915 and embarked for Great Britain on 5 April 1915. It provided reinforcements to the Canadian Corps in the field until 6 July 1916, when its personnel were absorbed by the 11th Reserve Battalion, CEF. The battalion was subsequently disbanded on 17 July 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