WW1 BRITISH HOME FRONT WOMENS SERVICE LAPEL BADGE
A superb condition example of this rare, early women’s organisation lapel badge the ’Women’s Emergency Corps’.
Tri-coloured enamel on gilt brass badge with brooch pin reverse fitting.
Maker mark to the reverse ‘W.O. Lewis Howard St. Birmingham’.
The W.E.C. was formed as early as 1914 by Evelina Haverfield and Decima Moore and as such was a product of the women’s suffrage movement of the time.
Its aim was to help women who wished to help the war effort. With it's upper class roots, it particularly pushed for women doctors and more nurses to be used at the ‘front’.
It also provided more ‘down to earth’ service women acting as drivers and messengers etc.
It later become the more well known and ‘wide spread’, ’Women’s Volunteer Reserve’.
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