Alternative Name(s): Brooch, Pin

Returned from Active Service badge no. C1267, made by Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Australia, 1916-1919.

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

Crowned gilt bronze badge with lugs removed from back.

Obverse Description

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.'.

Reverse Description

Stamped, 'C1267'; below, the maker's name, 'STOKES & SONS / MELB'.

Edge Description


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