Tag Archives: badges

2020.1.71

RAF brevet belonging to Charles McLean (1917-1941), son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay. Charles flew with No. 3 and No. 217 Squadrons, and went missing in action over the English Channel in November 1941. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

2020.1.50

Royal Engineers shoulder patch belonging to Charles McLean (1894-1923), youngest son of Lachlan McLean and Mary McDonald, Kenovay. Charles served in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders at the Somme during WW1. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

2019.100.2

Silver pin badge issued to servicemen who were given an honourable discharge from active duty during WWI. Worn by injured servicemen to prevent abuse from members of the public if their injuries were not obvious. Bears the Royal monogram and the words “For King and Empire, Services Rendered”.

2019.100.1

Silver and blue enamel Admiralty lapel badge given to essential shipyard workers during WWI. Bears a silver crown and the words “On war service, 1914”. On the reverse are stamped the numbers 12485, suggesting that it was numbered after 1916.

2019.48.1

Lapel or cap badge of RAF 518 Squadron found on a sports field in South Island, New Zealand, in 2019 (32 x 20 mm). Made in Birmingham by HW Miller – medal, badge and button manufacturers since the 1930s. 518 Squadron – Meteorological Observers was stationed on Tiree during WWII. Only a handful of New Zealand men served at RAF Tiree, and it is presumed that the badge belonged to one of them and was dropped on his returned to New Zealand. The badge depicts a hand holding a key with the inscription ‘Tha an Iuchair againn-ne / We hold the key’.