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WW1 ON WAR SERVICE  BADGE, 1916

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WW1 ON WAR SERVICE BADGE, 1916

During 1914 men would rather enlist than suffer unemployment.

To help with the loss of labour, because of men enlisting, it was suggested by some firms, and approved by Churchill, to issue a badge in recognition of their service, hence the On War Service Badge.

A badge was issued for Admiralty Service but was vetoed by the Treasury.

The problem of supplying the troops with Arms and Equipment continued and eventually badges were issued to all who were doing war work, saving these men from 'White feather treatment' and loss of face.

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  • This is the badge issued to women on war work. It has a broach pin type fastening and can be seen worn on the chest or lapels of overall coats and as a cap badge on their 'mob cap' style safety headwear. the round mens' badges have a button hole fittings. Women did not need to have a badge to avoid 'white feathers' but it was considered appropriate recognition of their work at the time. Recognition sadly lost when the war ended and many were sacked.
    .......... Dave Gibbs, Westcliff on Sea, Essex, UK, 26th of March 2011

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