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WW1 Home Front - Northern (London) Polytechnic VTC Imperial Service Corps Company Bronze Cap Badge Dated 1915

WW1 Home Front - Northern (London) Polytechnic VTC Imperial Service Corps Company Bronze Cap Badge Dated 1915

A large bronze die cast cap badge of two part construction with two original loops to the reverse. Some distortion to the wreath on account of some twisting to the lugs which are a bit squashed but functional. Makers tablet JR Gaunt London to reverse of crown. The relevance of the distinction "Imperial Service Corps Company" would have dropped away completely in January 1916 with the introduction of conscription.

Not in K&K, nor photographed in subsequent MHS bulletins on the subject, but listed as existed. The North London Polytechnic cap badge is rare without the scroll. With the scroll exceedingly rare. Perhaps the rarest of the Volunteer Training Corps badges.

Comm StWi (41)

Code: 63247

425.00 GBP


WW1 Home Front  - Chilwell VC Workers Brass Tally Token and Book

WW1 Home Front - Chilwell VC Workers Brass Tally Token and Book "The Chilwell Story"

Scarce workers tally, numbered 4703, overstamped "The VC Factory" following the speech given in the House of Commons on the 8th July 1918 urging that the Factory should be awarded the Victoria Cross, one week after eight tons of explosive went up at the site which killed 134 workers and injured 250. The myth of Chilwell VC was born and caught the imagination of the workers and those who lived near by and who had been rocked by the terrible explosion.

Chilwell had been constructed in 1915 at Beeston near Nottingham as No 6 National Shell Filling Factory and was a key contributor to the war effort in the production of large calibre shells. At its peak in WW1 it employed 10,000 of which 4,000 were women. They milled Ammonium Nitrate and TNT and mixed it like flour to fill 4.5 - 15 inch shells. By September 1918, they were producing over 275,000 shells per week.

The book is hardback, 254 pages, the 2005 2nd Edition and is in good condition apart from some press marks to the centre top of the front and back boards. Otherwise as new. It covers the history of this ROF from 1915 to 1982, when it closed its doors. It came under the management of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC).

It appears that each worker employed at the National Filling Factory No.6 was issued with two checks at the start of their employment. One of these was the metallic type worker’s identification or works pass (as being offered for sale here) and the other was a similarly numbered uniface red fibre disc of 28 mm diameter. This latter was also pierced for suspension and numbered identically to the worker’s pass. Each worker was also allocated a changing room locker and locker key which was similarly numbered to their works pass. It is unclear what the red fibre disc was used for but it could have been used as a time check.
The secondary applied reverse legends found on many of the N.F.F. No.6 worker’s identification/passes must date to after the 9th July 1918 when , Mr. F. G. Kellaway MP, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions, was reported in “The Times” newspaper that, as the French had apparently given an honour to the Citadel of Verdun for its services to France, perhaps the factory at Chilwell should be awarded the Victoria Cross. Whilst this award does not appear to have been made, the site was subsequently known as “The V.C. Factory”.

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Comm StWi (69 & 70)

Code: 63246

120.00 GBP


WW1 Miners Exemption Card - Derbyshire connection

WW1 Miners Exemption Card - Derbyshire connection

A very scarce original Coal Mines Form A. Military Services Act, Certificate of Exemption named to J. Heathfield aged 18 of Blackwell Colliery, (which was in Derbyshire) and dated 1917.

Comm FB

Code: 61925

25.00 GBP


WW1 Lowland Regiments Badge Day Embossed Gold Paper Flag Day Patriotic Fund Raising Pin Badge

WW1 Lowland Regiments Badge Day Embossed Gold Paper Flag Day Patriotic Fund Raising Pin Badge

The Lowland Regiments Badge Day, was organised for 19th June1915, and these supporters badges were sold for a Fund for Disabled & Invalided soldiers of Lowland Regiments ; Royal Scots Greys, Scots Guards, Royal Scots, Royal Scots Fusiliers, Kings Own Scottish Borderers and the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). In very good condition and accompanied by two paper union jack pin flags of similar vintage. In very good condition for age and scarce.

Comm StWi (61)

Code: 63237

25.00 GBP


WW1 Home Front -  Womens Land Army LAAS felt cloth hat / overall coat badge

WW1 Home Front - Womens Land Army LAAS felt cloth hat / overall coat badge

A scarce original First World War period 'Womens.Land.Army L.A.A.S service badge' given by the Land Army Agricultural Section; large circular green felt example, red embroidered crown within a padded cream felt circlet bearing the title in red embroidered thread, the reverse with black wax cotton hessian lining. Very good condition, colours remain bright, no moth nips. From the accompanying photo, you will see that a WLA is wearing this badge on her hat (this photo not for sale here) although it was supposed to be worn on the uniform. Circa 5.4cm in diameter.

In the Women's Land Army L.A.A.S. Handbook it states that the 'L.A.A.S. Badge' is given after two months' approved service, and should be worn on the left lapel of the overall.

Comm FB

Code: 63167

SOLD


WW1 Board of Agriculture Land Worker womens branch badge

WW1 Board of Agriculture Land Worker womens branch badge

A scarce original First World War period 'Board of Agriculture Land Workers badge', brass crowned oval title, wheatsheaf to voided centre, the reverse with maker's details 'Fattorini & Sons Bradford'. Very good condition, complete with original pin fittings.
Circa 4cm tall.

Comm FB

Code: 63166

48.00 GBP


WW1 Home Front - Womens Land Army (WLA) felt cloth national service armband / armlet (type 1)

WW1 Home Front - Womens Land Army (WLA) felt cloth national service armband / armlet (type 1)

A scarce original First World War period 'Womens Land Army proficiency service armband; green felt example bearing red felt Crown with a red and green diamond (not seen this before and reminiscent of a WW2 WLA item), complete with horn button fastenings; the reverse with cream wool lining this now with foxing and ironically the name 'M Fox' in ink. Very good condition, colours remain bright, no moth nips. Circa 38cm in length.

'Women's Land Army armband' presented after three months of proficient service and worn on the uniform.

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Code: 63163

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WW1 Home Front - Womens Land Army (WLA) felt cloth national service armband / armlet (type 2)

WW1 Home Front - Womens Land Army (WLA) felt cloth national service armband / armlet (type 2)


A scarce original First World War period 'Womens Land Army proficiency service armband; green felt example bearing red felt Crown with one additional six month service stripe and complete with horn button fastenings; the reverse with cream wool lining this now with foxing. Very good condition, colours remain bright, no moth nips. Circa 38cm in length.

'Women's Land Army armband' presented after three months of proficient service and worn on the uniform.

Comm FB

Code: 63162

65.00 GBP


WW1  National Motor Volunteers (VTC) Brass One Piece Shoulder Title - Gaunt

WW1 National Motor Volunteers (VTC) Brass One Piece Shoulder Title - Gaunt

WWI brass shoulder title " NM / Volunteers " with two original loops and bearing makers details for JR Gaunt London to the reverse. Formed in WWI and administered by the Army Service Corps.

Westlake No 463 refers.

Comm FB

Code: 63144

55.00 GBP


WW1 WAAC Womens Auxiliary Army Corps Cap Badge - Gaunt

WW1 WAAC Womens Auxiliary Army Corps Cap Badge - Gaunt

A die struck brass cap badge with two original loops to reverse and maker marked JR Gaunt London in embossed lettering to the rear. It also has the recipients servce number G18427 to the reverse on an applied oval brass plaque. I have seen similar badges with different numbers. Some signs of service wear otherwise in very good condition.

The Corps was formed March 1917 and some 7000 members served in France.

K&K Vol1 No 1066 refers.

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Code: 63142

SOLD