Alternative Name(s): Button, Pin
World War I-era pressed tin fundraising badge - 'Our Fighting Men' by 'The Australian Comforts Fund'. The badge features the image of a soldier's head and shoulders against the backdrop of the Australian National Flag.
The Australian War Memorial website records that the Australian Comforts Fund was one of the premier organisations supplying overseas troops with items such as musical instruments, games, books, newspapers, magazines food, writing sets, and warm clothing through small canteens near the front lines, and through the London-based 'AIF and War Chest Club'. The Fund was formed on 24 August 1916 from a number of State based organisations. Its motto was 'Keep the Fit Man Fit'.
One of 24 fundraising badges attached to a black velvet ribbon. Purchased and collected by the donor's great-grandmother, Mrs LIllie Mary Hollinger, in Melbourne (probably Canterbury).
Badges were worn or displayed on ribbons during and after World War I, commemorating involvement in the war effort and expressing patriotism. They were generally made to raise funds for particular causes, including comforts and medical aid for those serving overseas; assisting widows and children of deceased soldiers; and assisting with the purchase of aids and treatment for soldiers who returned with disabilities.
Circular pressed tin badge featuring the image of a soldier's head and shoulders against the backdrop of the Australian National Flag. The soldier wears the Slouch Hat and has bayonette attached, resting at the shoulder. The image is bordered by a white ring with red inscription and gold outer border. The back of the badge is a dull tin, and is damaged by rust. A bent nail has been utilised as the pin and is attached through holes in the back of the badge.
Donation from Mrs Bronwyn Mitchell, 15 Feb 1994
Place & Date Used
Text: 'OUR FIGHTING MEN / AUSTRALIAN COMFORTS FUND'.
Type of item
2.2 cm (Width)
The Australian War Memorial Website: [Link 1] accessed 22 August 2014.