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#1 kaisersoffensive

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 02:50 PM

Hello,
I would be most grateful for any information on the following item which I obtained recently from a car boot sale.
The reverse of the badge carries the manufacturers name J.R. Gaunt & Sons London. Warranted Fire Gilt.On the lapel fixing it has the No 46868.
This presumably would have been issued to a male worker?
Is this an unofficial issue badge or sanctioned by the War Office Dept of Munitions ( or whatever they were called) ?
Presumably there is no roll for these badges to check on the recipient and I presume that they were very common.
Any help much appreciated.
Regards,
Bob Norman

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 03:51 PM

Most unsafe to presume it was awarded to a male worker.

As is very well documented, the numbers of female workers involved in the munitions industry (and manufacturing more widely - 'war work' ) increased dramatically during the war.

The department you refer to was the Ministry of Munitions.



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Posted 16 May 2008 - 05:45 PM

[quote name='Simon R' date='May 16 2008, 04:51 PM' post='921896']
Most unsafe to presume it was awarded to a male worker.

As is very well documented, the numbers of female workers involved in the munitions industry (and manufacturing more widely - 'war work' ) increased dramatically during the war.

The department you refer to was the Ministry of Munitions.

Many thanks Simon,
I made the assumption that the female workers badge was of the Triangular pin brooch variety.
Regards,
Bob Norman

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 06:16 PM

Ah b****y hell yes you could well be right, if I could get my flaming brain in gear today it'd help.
Another long day in another long week.

See Tom Tulloch's site for more details.

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 09:57 PM


Ah b****y hell yes you could well be right, if I could get my flaming brain in gear today it'd help.
Another long day in another long week.

See Tom Tulloch's site for more details.
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Thank you Simon for that. A most comprehensive article and full of information.
Regards,
Bob Norman