- Military Cap Badge Identification Help Needed
- Royal Defence Corps Cap Badge
- Cap Badge Parachute Regiment
- Lovat Scouts Imperial Yeomanry Cap Badge
- Cap Badge Infantry Glider Troops 1942 – 45
- V Force Cap Badge 1943 – 45
- Cap Badge Glider Pilot Regiment 1950 – 57
- R.E.M.E Cap Badge 1942 – 1947
- Artists Rifles Cap Badge
- Gloucestershire Regiment Cap Badge
- Women’s Auxillary Army Cap Badge 1917
- Cheshire Regiment Cap Badge 1922 – 1958
- Cap Badge King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
The Women’s Auxillary Army Cap Badge reminds us of the role women played in WWI
The service of women in WWI cannot be underestimated. They took over the role of men in a wide range of occupations, from farming to factory work but they also served in the forces, both on the home front and at the front themselves.
This cap badge belongs to the Woman’s auxiliary Army Corps. It is made of brass with a voided centre and was worn on the issue hat which was a tight fitting khaki cap.
The characters WAAC are contained within a laurel wreath. The cap badge was issues in 1917.
Brief History of the WAAC
- Heavy losses on the Western Front in 1916 caused a shortage of men for front line duties so, the War Office decided to remove men from ‘soft’ administrative jobs in Britain and send them to fight.
- Women would have to fill the role left by these men and so in January 1917, despite much prejudice, the Women’s auxiliary Army Corps was established
- The women would not be given full military status, they were enrolled rather than enlisted and they were expected to keep physically fit
- Pay would be decided by the level of skill in the task being performed
- There would be no ranks
- They split into 4 work divisions, cookery, mechanical, clerical and miscellaneous
- A woman could only be given the job if it released a man for front line duty
- Many women were engaged by the War Office to help with establishment of the WAAC, including Millicent Fawcett, who produced the Fawcett Commission Report during the Boer War. She was keen that women should be fully involved as to their role within the British Army, to what extent did her involvement sway the thinking not just of the military, as to the role of women in the army but that of the politicians and the people of Britain?
- Prejudice about women in the army, found a mouthpiece in the press, as they exaggerated the incidences of misconduct amongst women serving in France, who allowed this de-moralising reporting, the politicians or the military?