WW1 British Army On War Service Ordnance Factory Workers Badge

WW1 British Army On War Service Ordnance Factory Workers Badge

Code: 18314

£15.00 Approx $18.99, €17.5, £15
(1 in stock)
 

For sale is a WW1 British Army On War Service Ordnance Factory Workers Badge Woolley & Co, Birmingham. Issue number 13219. 

 
In early 1915 the War Office decided to issue an “On War Service” badge to workers at munitions factories. The badges were not meant to be issued to everyone who was working in a factory, but only those workers who were regarded as highly skilled and indispensable for the war effort, although in practice they were often given semi-skilled and even unskilled men. The bearer of such a badge was therefore able to prove to anyone that, although not giving service in the armed forces, he too was doing his part for his country. The first badge was oval-shaped and was topped with a crown. It was made of brass, but had a blue enamelled border bearing the inscription and the date, with the arms of the Board of Ordnance in the centre. It was replaced by a cheaper brass version in 1916.
 
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