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Cobbler Trade Badge


AdamMills97
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Hello all,

It is I again, this time, I am looking into cobbling and it's trades during the war and I was wondering was it ever considered as a recognised trade under a regiment, therefore, has a badge or is it more off the cuff and done exclusively?

All pictures and information are appreciated,

Adam

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Hi Adam

I don't believe the badge to be British but possibly American. Cobbler was not a trade which was badged although some units had saddlers and harness makers. When leather equipment was the norm units carried stores for repair and alteration which included threads, needles fittings etc.

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Hi Adam,

My gfather and great-uncle both shoemakers were sent to the RFA and the Infantry. Obviously boots were very important, I was reading a war diary last night where a mobilised TF unit were complaing the boots were 'very bad'.

They were also quite photogenic and the IWM has some interesting images of the Boot Repair Factory Old Kent Road London, where most the work was done by women, and similar establishments at Calais and elsewhere in France

e.g. http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205352507

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205298749

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205238633

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205238634

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205269260

This last one is the Royal Engineer Ordnance Factory at Calais so it would appear 'cobbler' i.e. shoe repairer was a trade within the RE whether or not there was a badge I don't know.

If you put 'Boot Repair' in the IWM Collections search box there are many more pictures.

Ken

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Stole this off Google...

Trev

looks very similar to many Canadian trade badges of the post (ww2) era.

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I have no idea! I just put a search into Google for WW1 army cobblers badge and that was the only, likely, return. Being a complete pillock, I didn't read the bumph.

Trev

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