Alternative Name(s): Female Relative Badge, Female Relative's Badge
Female relative's badge from World War I, no. 146811.
Under Military Order 280 of 1917 (later Military Order 1818 of 1918), badges such as this were issued by the Department of Defence to the closest female relative of men serving overseas. Badges like this one were issued to the closest female relative of men serving in the Australian Imperial Force. An alternative badge, which replaced the 'AIF' in the centre with an anchor, was issued to the closest female relative of men serving in the Royal Australian Navy. During World War II a single design was created for the female relatives of men serving in all services. Bars were added to the base of the badge to indicate other relatives serving overseas.
Blue and silver badge. Safety chain and brooch fastening.
Oval shape with crown at top and 'AIF' in the centre. Text around blue enamel oval; 'ISSUED BY DEPT. OF DEFENCE / TO WOMEN OF AUSTRALIAN'. Blue enamel scroll below has text; 'FOR DUTY DONE'.
Pin attachment and text; 'STOKES & SONS / MELB/ STG. SIL. / 146811'.
Miss Gertrude Greenshields, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, by 1918
Identity of "sister of J.A. Greenshields" determined from death notice - The Argus, Tuesday 14 July 1942, p.2, Personal Notices - Deaths - GREENSHIELDS.
Obverse; 'ISSUED BY DEPT. OF DEFENCE / TO WOMEN OF AUSTRALIAN'. On scroll below: 'FOR DUTY DONE Reverse: 'STOKES & SONS / MELB/ STG. SIL. / 146811'.
Type of item
Round with crown at top