Comrades of the Great War Irish enamel badge (1917-1921)
This rare pre-1921 lapel badge was issued by the Irish ‘Comrades of the Great War’ association who looked after the interests of discharged and demobilised Irish ex-servicemen. The Irish Comrades remained in existence until 1921 when they amalgamated with other four other associations to form The British Legion.
These other associations were the Comrades of the Great War (British), National Federation of Discharged Sailors & Soldiers, National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers & The Officers Association. All issued their own member’s badges.
This badge is 25mm diameter, manufactured from die-stamped brass with red vitreous enamel. A lapel buttonhole stud (horseshoe shaped) is fitted to the reverse side. All badges were individually numbered to each of their members, this one being No. 17878. The maker was ‘J R Gaunt of London’. Sadly, this badge was damaged when I received it, having small cracks and some enamel loss at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions.
Sold on eBay 31/3/2010 for €21.00