WWI CEF Canadian Forestry Battalion Collar Badge (lot#1)
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Above are the views of this rare WWI era CEF Canadian Forestry Battalion collar badge. This one has been somewhat camoed with a blackening compound.
Made of brass with both lugs in good order. One has been well repaired. In excellent condition generally. View scans
In February 1916, due to the increasing need for timber for roads, railroads, and battlements along the ever lengthening front, the Canadian Government was asked to train and send 1500 men to fill this urgent need. Two infantry battalions were converted to this purpose, the first being the 224th Battalion CEF which was operational by April12,1916. Interestingly enough, the commander Colonel McDougal outfitted this battalion at his own expense. By November of that year, there were already six units working in the forests of England and France. The 12th CEF Forestry Battalion was raised during the summer of 1917.