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Old 09-09-20, 10:37 AM
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I found a newspaper item about the 1915 OWS badge that mentions the introduction of the brass version calling it "a replica of that hitherto issued by the War Office without the enamel".

It further states that it was only to be issued to "skilled workmen engaged in war work- draughtsmen, technical assistants supervising staff and all skilled and semi-skilled workmen whose services are indispensable, but not unskilled workmen"

Probably all well-known stuff to those with an interest but it is nice to see how it was viewed at the time.

I have quoted from the article as I wasn't sure that it was going to upload....
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Interesting and useful little article.
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Thanks , have downloaded it to add to my folder and will add basic details to my OWS album.


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Old 10-09-20, 08:23 AM
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That is very interesting, as it does clearly imply that the enamelled badges were the first issued.


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Hi

I found a newspaper item about the 1915 OWS badge that mentions the introduction of the brass version calling it "a replica of that hitherto issued by the War Office without the enamel".

It further states that it was only to be issued to "skilled workmen engaged in war work- draughtsmen, technical assistants supervising staff and all skilled and semi-skilled workmen whose services are indispensable, but not unskilled workmen"

Probably all well-known stuff to those with an interest but it is nice to see how it was viewed at the time.

I have quoted from the article as I wasn't sure that it was going to upload....
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Old 10-09-20, 09:14 AM
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Great article, but I note many of us here may be liable for the 50 fine for buying and selling the badge....

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Great article, but I note many of us here may be liable for the 50 fine for buying and selling the badge....

Cheers, Tim
I'd end up paying 150 as I have the enamelled , plain and silver versions !


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Yes but what's that in today's money a hundred years later ��
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Old 10-09-20, 11:58 AM
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hmmm, yes....I'd better go see my bank manager
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That is very interesting, as it does clearly imply that the enamelled badges were the first issued.
The change from enamelled to plain brass badges was assumed to be purely an economy/cost cutting exercise but the article seems to imply that initially the enamelled version was not issued to 'basic' workers.

From the enamelled badges I have seen (and info I've read) there appears to have been only one issue/series (99,999) all made by Gaunt , so is it possible that these were for managers/foremen ?

The later decision to issue a badge to all (except unskilled) workers would have been costly and would require a cheaper version. This also resulted in the addition of a 'lettering' system with a different letter used for each series (99,999 per letter) and various different manufacturers (13 series made by 8 manufacturers).

There was also a 'silvered'/nickle version made , possibly for managers/foremen when the enamelled version was discontinued.


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Interesting that a man in uniform would be wearing an on war service badge! Maybe someone with sharper eyes than me can identify the regiment from the shoulder title on show.

http://https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WW...D/224381017826
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Your link doesn't work (one http:// too many).

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WW1-UNKNO...UAAOSwgAFgSQ8Q

No idea of the regiment but the photo was probably taken at the Carl Cloud Studio in Manchester.

Possibly young man had worked in Munitions Factory and later enlisted/conscripted , first photo in uniform ?

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