Historical information

Badges such as this one were issued to soldiers by the Department of Defence to indicate they had returned from active service. It showed they had helped the war effort by serving their country. Sometimes returned soldiers were wrongfully accused of showing disloyalty to their country because they were not seen wearing a military uniform so wearing the badge helped avoid this. A number was often stamped on the reverse and a certifcate was provided as authentication. Issued 1914 - 1919

Significance

Badges such as this one were issued to soldiers by the Department of Defence to indicate they had returned from active service. It showed they had helped the war effort by serving their country. Sometimes returned soldiers were wrongfully accused of showing disloyalty to their country because they were not seen wearing a military uniform so wearing the badge helped avoid this. A number was often stamped on the reverse and a certifcate was provided as authentication.

Physical description

A crowned gilt bronze badge with two lugs on back. The obverse has the rising sun behind a crown; below on ribbon, AUSTRALIAN MILITARY FORCES; below, A.I.F; around, ISSUED BY DEPT. OF DEFENCE . RETURNED FROM ACTIVE SERVICE.
The reverse has been stamped with number and has the maker's name, AMOR / SYDNEY and Stokes and Sons MELB

Inscriptions & markings

Badge 685.1 Issued by Dept of Defence AIF Obverse 17346
Badge 685.2 Issued by Dept of Defence AIF Obverse 201425
Badge 683.3 Issued By Dept of Defence AIF Obverse 203175 Stokes and Sons MELB
Badge 683.4 Issued by Dept of Defence AIF Obverse 218409 Stokes and Sons MELB
Badge 683.5 Issued by Dept of Defence AIF Obverse 71746 Stokes and Sons MELB (Owned by Andrew Barlow)
Royal crown on top of each badge
Rising Sun Emblem
Returned from Active Service
AIF
Royal crown on top of each badge