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Falkirk historian finds there’s a first for everything

The On War Service badge was given to workers in the munitions industry who were helping with the First world War effort

The On War Service badge was given to workers in the munitions industry who were helping with the First world War effort

 

There’s not much gets past The Falkirk Herald’s resident historian Ian Scott.

However, there is always a first for everything and Ian was delighted to feast his eyes on some war memorabilia recently – the On War Service 1915 badge pictured above.

A woman approached Ian with it to ask what it was given for, but Ian had never seen one before. This got his juices flowing and he promised to look into it, more for his own legendary curiosity than anything now.

He said: “Thanks to John Walker I can report that it was worn by workers in the munitions industry who were exempt from military service because they were helping with the war effort.

“Each badge had a unique number stamped on the back and their use was strictly controlled. I suppose it was a way of preventing young men of call-up age from getting dogs abuse for still being at home. There must have been many hundreds of these in the Falkirk area yet this is the first one I have seen.”

 

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