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Badge - 'Fall in! Britain's Call is God's', World War I, 26 Nov 1915 Object Reg. No: SH 950335

Summary:
Alternative Name(s): Button

Metal badge, in colours of red, white, blue, black and gold, with an image of the Union Jack fluttering in the wind, surrounded by symbols of Scotland, England and Wales. The badge is inscribed 'Fall in! Britain's call is God's'. The date '26.11.15' has been scratched with a nib or other sharp tool.

The badge, which may have been purchased or handed out in November 1915, was produced to encourage enlistment into the Australian Army by appealing to a sense that the British Empire was the instrument of God on earth, and so therefore 'Britiain's call is God's.' This slogan was used fairly widely, especially in Protestant churches, in the first years of World War I.

The date Friday 26 November 1915 may refer to one of several public events, or to a date of private significance. On that day 150 men were enrolled for the expeditionary forces at Sydney recruiting depots; 95 volunteered in Melbourne (of which 57 were accepted); and the 'Dungarees' recruiting march in Queensland reached Ipswich to an 'enthusiastic' welcome, their numbers swelling from 78 to 122 volunteers. On that day it was also announced that war census returns were to be used in a new recruiting campaign.
Description:
Metal badge, in colours of red, white, blue, black and gold, with an image of the Union Jack fluttering in the wind. On the left of the badge is the thistle, the symbol of Scotland; at the top of the badge are three roses, the symbol of England, and on the right are leeks, the symbol of Wales. The text on top of the flag reads "Fall in!" and at the bottom of the badge are the words "Britain's call is God's". The badge has a long metal stick pin. At the bottom is a golden semi-circle, symbolising the rising sun, with rays going upwards towards the top of the badge.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum of Victoria Numismatics Collection, 1995
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 4.50 cm (Height), 3.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, community organisations services, world war i 1914-1918, australian military forces
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: recruitment
Inscriptions: 'FALL IN! / "BRITAIN'S CALL IS GOD'S"'

On the back, the date 26.11.15 has been scratched with a nib or other sharp tool.
Date Inscribed: Australia, 26 Nov 1915
Place & Date Used: Australia, post 1915
Place & Date Made: Australia, 1915
References: Australian Recruiting. (1915, November 27). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 10. Retrieved June 4, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59992146;
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1915. (1915, November 26). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 6. Retrieved June 4, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1581839;
VICTORIAN FIGURES. (1915, November 27). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 10. Retrieved June 4, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59992147;
THE DUNGAREES. (1915, November 27). The Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Qld. : 1874 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved June 4, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article79343960.

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