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Medals, Badges and Insignia

Collecting medals, badges and insignia is a hobby requiring less outlay than for gallantry awards, but many Canadian First World War insignia are rare. A knowledge of the organization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force allows the collector to place material within its historical context and gives some idea whether the material was in common use by a large number of soldiers for a long period of time. In addition to the material below, John F. Meek's Over the top, listed in the subsection. Organization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and Its Units, is aimed primarily at the badge collector.

Babin, Lenard L., comp. -- Cap badges of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces 1914-1919, illustrated. -- Illustrated by John E. Snitzel. -- Rochester, N.Y. : [s.n., s.d.]. -- Various pagings

Brown, George. -- Canadian Welcome Home Medals, 1899-1945. -- Langley, B.C. : Western Canadian Distributors, 1991. -- 155 p.

* Canada. Parliament. -- List of decorations and medals awarded to members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and officers of the Canadian Militia to 17th March, 1916. -- Sessional paper, no. 259. -- Ottawa : King's Printer, 1916. -- 17 p. -- Also published in French under the title: Document de la session, no 259

Cross, W.K. -- The Charlton price guide to First World War Canadian infantry badges. -- Toronto : Charlton Press, 1991. -- 374 p.

  • Subsequent editions titled: The Charlton standard catalogue to First World War Canadian infantry badges.

____. -- The Charlton standard catalogue of First World War Canadian Corps badges. -- Toronto : Charlton Press, 1995. -- 254 p.

Harper, Joseph H. -- A source of pride : regimental badges and titles in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919. -- Ottawa : Service Publications, 1999. -- 152 p.

Johnson, Robbie. -- Canadian War Service Badges, 1914-1945. -- Surrey, B.C. : Johnson Books, 1995. -- 216 p.

Law, Clive M. -- Distinguishing patches : formation patches of the Canadian Army. -- Nepean, Ont. : Service Publications, 1996. -- 56 p. -- (UpClose, #1)

Rosen, Albert ; Martin, Peter. -- Canadian Expeditionary Force military cap badges of World War I. -- Toronto : Alternative Graphics, 1985. -- 124 p.

Stewart, Charles H. -- "Overseas" : the lineages and insignia of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919. -- Toronto : Little & Stewart, 1970. -- 167 p.

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