WWI CEF 65th Battalion Sweetheart or Officer Collar (lot #2)


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You are viewing the scans of of a browning  brass WWI CEF 65th Battalion "Sweetheart" or Officer Collar. The back is hallmarked "R.J. Inglis Ltd. It has a cross-pin type attachment original and in good order.


This battalion was formed in August of 1915. It was made up of volunteers from Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with headquarters in Saskatoon. 1073 members of the 65th set sail for England on June 18th, 1916. Upon arrival the men were sent as replacements to the 44th, 46th, 51st, and 72nd battalions fighting in France.

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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 years passed, 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.