Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | November 4, 2017

World War 1, British Commonwealth Badge Belt.

This leather and web belt was collected by William Liddell from Cornwall while serving with the 8th Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles in World War I.

The belt has two Canadian and one British General Service buttons, one Australian cap badge, one IODE pin, three brass “Canada” collar dogs, one 76th CEF badge, one Canadian Corps of Signalers Badge, one 154th CEF badge, one brass Canadian “INF” collar dog, one brass 4th collar dog, four – 8 Mounted Rifle collar dogs, one 4th Rifle collar dog, one Medical Corps collar dog, one Engineers “dog,” and 13 various regimental British badges.  Altogether there are 32 badges and three buttons.

Reverse side of belt.

These belts were assembled in several ways.  Some were put together by trading with men in other units (this example), some badges were taken from dead comrades, and are known as grave digger belts; others were made from badges taken off the bodies of dead opponents.  These are commonly known as “hate belts.”

This example was donated to the Museum in 2015 by Mike Davies of Burlington.  It forms part of the Museum’s Remembrance Month Exhibit.

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