1st World War 1st World War "On War Service Badge"
This is a brass badge given to civilians working on government work in the 1st World War. This example, numbered 59767, is dated 1915 and was issued to munitions workers at Woolwich Arsenal, where it is believed, most of the aircraft bombs were manufactured for the RFC. During the Great War, anyone not wearing uniform would often be subject to being branded cowards and were given white feathers (usually by women). This was an attempt to let such people know that they were doing important war work.