Badge - Field Marshal Earl Roberts, V.C., circa 1917 Object Reg. No: SH 950287

Alternative Name(s): Button

World War I-era badge commemorating the contribution of Field Marshal Earl Roberts, V.C. Made around 1917.

1st Earl Roberts, Frederick Sleigh Roberts (1832-1914) was a successful and popular British commander of the 19th century, serving in the Indian rebellion, the Expedition to Abyssinia, the Second Anglo-Afghan War and the Second Boer War. He spent his final years advocating for conscription in Great Britain (directing the National Service League) in parparation for the anticipated European war.

The provenance of this particular badge is unknown.
Round metal badge in red, black, gold and white. Gold rim with white stripes. Head and shoulder study of soldier in centre. In border the words "THE LATE FLD MARSHAL EARL ROBERTS. V.C." Under picture "NOVR 1917" and intertwined letters "OAS". Stickpin at back.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum of Victoria Numismatics Collection, 1995
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 2.20 cm (Height), 2.20 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, australian military forces, conscription
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: fundraising
Inscriptions: In border THE LATE FLD MARSHAL EARL ROBERTS. V.C." Under picture "NOVR 1917" and intertwined letters "OAS".
Date Made: 1917 or later
Date Used: 1917 or later
References: KEEGAN,John/WHEATCROFT,Andrew: Who's Who in Military History. Hutchinson. Aust. 1976.

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