The British Legion Memorabilia Collectors Club
News - December 2007


The National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers Badge Discovered!

One of the last great mystery's in the history of The Royal British Legion; The National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers Badge has been revealed under our very eyes.

Mrs Tracy Fowler, the UK's leading woman collector of  British Legion badges, founder member of the British Legion Memorabilia Collectors Club and well respected contributor to the Royal British Legion in North Staffordshire's Online Museum at last reveals the secret of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers Badge.
"My inability to uncover a National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers badge over the years has always been a bone of contention for me. It's really not common at all for so many collectors to never have seen one!

It starts to perplex the mind.
However, after an exhaustive recent search, aided by several good friends, we have managed to locate a National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers membership certificate, which CLEARLY shows the insignia used at National level - The Silver Badge!
We have found that almost 100 different 'rival' organisations were in existence, and by the very nature of the fact that so many competing organisations existed in the early days, amalgamation under one roof was always going to be inevitable? The numbers of rival organisations started to dwindle, and the rest as we now know is history." stated Tracy Fowler

Bob Rankin Curator of the Online Museum and also a founder member of the British Legion Memorabilia Collectors Club (Club Secretary) stated to North Staffordshire County RBL Web News. "Although the badge has  in front of us all the time  we never put two and two together!"

A little background history:

 
The Silver Badge for Services Rendered adopted as the national badgeThe Silver Badge Party  was the unofficial title for a political movement existing in the United Kingdom during and immediately after the Great War 1914-1918. The unofficial party consisted of several groups representing the political interests of former service personnel who had fought in the war. A silver badge was issued to all servicemen on their discharge in recognition of their service." ..more

The only remaining mystery of the British Legion founding organisation's history is: What "The Officer's Association" badge looks like..? We wait with baited breath.

Will it be in 2008?

This article has been reprinted with kind permission of The Royal British Legion in North Staffordshire's Online Musem