On War Service 1915 Badge

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThere was tremendous pressure on men to enlist in the army in WW1 and yet there was a need to retain valued workers in skilled work. The solution was to produce and distribute official badges that would protect those men from accusations of cowardice and shirking. This is one of these badges, numbered on the rear and produced by Woolley & Co, Birmingham, a well known sabre maker. The first issue of these are enamelled until some wallah worked out how much that was going to cost HM’s Government.

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