Canadian General Service Lapel Badge
The Canadian General Service Badge was instituted in March 1940 for those who had seen active service overseas with "not less than three months of continuous paid service" and had been honourably discharged "by reason of physical disability".
The original design was enamelled with a shield of three red maple leaves on a white ground. The example pictured on the right, which is in the museum's collection, is a slightly later version. It is all-metal and has the word "STERLING" (i.e.
silver) in raised letters on the back, together with the warning "PENALTY FOR MISUSE 500 DOLLARS OR SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT".
The badge is held in place on the lapel with a shank, but later examples replaced this with a pin.
The number (1459809) stamped on the back, above the shank, links the recipient to the appropriate medal index card (MIC) showing entitlement.