Munitions Worker Badge issued by the Department of Defence, 1914-1919.

Badges were sometimes issued to those who did not got to war by the Department of Defence to indicate that "permission to serve had been withheld owing to services being required in Australia". This practise was established after people helping the war effort found themselves subject to criticism and personal attacks. They were wrongfully accused of showing disloyalty to their country because they were not seen wearing a military uniform. A number was often stamped on the reverse and a certifcate was provided as authentication.

Physical Description

A round bronze badge with two lugs removed from back.

Obverse Description

At the centre the Australian coat of arms; around above, ISSUED BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE; below, MUNITIONS WORKER; around on broad border, VOLUNTEERED FOPR ACTIVE SERVICE.

Reverse Description

The reverse is stamped, 1234

Edge Description


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