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Article about: Hi Guys, I thought that I would share this one with you. The owner bought it from a junk shop 40 years ago. Going up for auction in July. Cheers, Ade.

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    Hi Guys, I thought that I would share this one with you. The owner bought it from a junk shop 40 years ago.

    Going up for auction in July.

    Cheers, Ade.
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture Liverpool Pals cap badge   Liverpool Pals cap badge  

    Liverpool Pals cap badge   Liverpool Pals cap badge  

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    Chester hallmark?
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Hi Jerry, no London.

    The funny thing is, the chap bought it in Chester.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    very nice, I only have a bronze example, not the super lovely hallmarked silver version. too pricey for me sadly.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    A very desirable cap badge in silver! An acquaintance of mine picked up a hallmarked silver example at a car boot sale for 10 last year.
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.... 'A Salford Pal: Pte Thomas Jay.'

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    Lovely badge, nice to see one not brooched.

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    Fantastic piece of history as well as a great badge.

    For those not well into British cap badges etc; The Liverpool Pals (Pals battalions were raised as part of existing regiments but mostly wore partly if not totally different cap badges and were the so called "Kitcheners Army" recruited from very narrow local areas and pretty much all the members came from the same area or even the same few streets hence the name "Pals" with devastating effect on those communities when a unit suffered high casualties), comprised the 17th - 20th Bns of The Kings' Liverpool Regt which were raised by Lord Derby for WWI service. The badge design is the Derby family crest and the silver badges were funded by Lord Derby as his personal gift to those enlisting before mid Oct 1914.
    After that the badges were of brass.

    I would love to have this in my collection.

    Thanks for showing.

    Regards

    Mark
    "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares more about than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature with no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

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    The first of the 'Pals' battalions to be raised was the 10th (Service) battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, also known as the 'Stockbrokers battalion'. This followed an appeal from General Sir Henry Rawlinson to the stockbrokers of London in August 1914, and by late August 1,600 men had volunteered. Shortly afterwards, Lord Derby decided to follow suit and set about raising a battalion in Liverpool. Within a matter of days, around 1,500 men had volunteered. In an address to the gathered men, Lord Derby told them:

    I am not going to make you a speech of heroics; you have given me your
    answer, and I can tell Lord Kitchener tonight to say that our second
    battalion is formed.
    We have got to see this through to the bitter end, and dictate our terms of
    peace to Berlin, if it takes every man in the country.
    This should be a battalion of pals, a battalion in which friends from the
    same office will fight shoulder to shoulder for the honour of Britain and the
    credit of Liverpool.
    I do not attempt to minimise to you the hardship we will suffer, the risks
    you will run; I don't ask you to uphold Liverpool's honour, it would be an
    insult to think you could do anything but that.
    But I do thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for coming here tonight
    and showing what is the spirit of Liverpool. a spirit that ought to spread
    through every city and every town in the kingdom. you have given a noble
    example in thus coming forward; you are certain to give a noble example on
    the field of battle.



    Cheers,
    Steve
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.... 'A Salford Pal: Pte Thomas Jay.'

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