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Dating artillery hat badge

It was worn by all ranks of the Corps of the Regular Army on their full-dress blue spiked helmet up until 1914.

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They were given to loved ones or exchanged with friends.

For ‘other rank’ soldiers, the uniform badges that might be visible in a photograph include the cap badge and shoulder titles, the latter only viewable from certain angles. Everyone in military uniform in the First World War had badges issued to them, and since they were obvious souvenirs, many survive today.

Portrait photographs such as this one were purely unofficial - the British Army did not photograph its First World War recruits.