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Tony Cox

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Hello

Can eny members help with this badge,is it war related,it came with British war medal British victory medal and special constabulary medal. The name Lille is on it.

Thanks

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I think it simply a tourist souvenir type badge.

TT

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I think it simply a tourist souvenir type badge.

TT

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It is the Town Arms of Lille. Various units finished the war there (at the Armistice), including the 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers. A typical Tommy's souvenir.

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It is the Town Arms of Lille.

I wondered if the word "Lille" (twice) was a clue.

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Typical usage for these was attaching them to a 37mm pom-pom casing to sell as a souvenir (one like yours, not turned in to trench art, is more of a rarity!!)

James

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Hi

Rare, sadly I fear not; they are rather common as are others from Ypres, Albert and numerous other French towns and cities where troops passed through and bought items to send back home.

regards

Dave

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