Badges and Medals

World War I service badges including patches. Also includes the commemorative badges such as the Anzac day badge. During World War I, it was common to obtain money (fund raising) for various charities by issuing badges. Many of the first institutions to elicit funds by selling badges were connected with the welfare of the returning wounded soldiers. Patriotic groups also would begin collections for all manner of reasons connected with the war. Existing patriotic causes such as Wattle Day become very popular during WW1. Violet Day was the forerunner of the remembrance flower which changed to the red poppy naturally growing on the Western Front battlefields. Not long after the commencement of the war fund raising days and charities abounded the Belgian Relief Fund, the French Red Cross, the Trench Comforts Fund and the Anzac Hospitality Appeal were just a few.