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Dave Conner Year: 1914Inverness Burgh Special Constable Lapel Badge
When war was declared and regular police volunteered for (or were recalled to) the Military , there needed to be someone to fill the role vacated, and thus a number of Special Constables were recruited. Generally they were men too old for military service or those in protected occupations.
As the war progressed, so there was a need for extra numbers of specials, to assist regular officers in carrying out additional duties which the war sitation placed upon the police.
There simply were not enough uniforms for these Specials to wear, so they were usually identified while on duty by means of an armband or brassard worn on the sleeve, on top of their "civvie" clothing.
To avoid the presentation of a white feather, and also to assist with identification, specials were also provided with a lapel badge to be worn at all times on or off duty.
This is an example of that issued to Inverness Burgh Special Constables in Word War One.
Picture added on 30 October 2012 at 22:54
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