The ‘Flight magazine were promoting the idea of badges in 1914. In order to meet the strongly-expressed wishes of their employees, so as to place them in a position of being able to produce evidence to rebut any taunts in respect of their non-enlistment in the Army or Navy, quite a number of firms, especially among those engaged on automobile and aircraft work, have responded to the demand by issuing cards in the name of each individual employee so engaged. On the front of these cards is printed a reproduction in colours of the British Flag, the name and address of the firm, and the words:-- " Mr. -------is serving his country by using his best endeavours and work in connection with the building of for the British Government."While such cards to a certain extent meet the case, they only partially satisfy the requirements, and, hence, we again give voice to a suggestion we have already advanced, and that is, that the Admiralty and the War Office should undertake the issue of an official badge which persons employed on the production of material for the Government necessary to our Empire winning through, should be able to wear on their coats or caps and so give visible indication to the general public that, although not wearing khaki, they are, none the less, serving their King and Country. Flight November 27th 1914. There were a large number of types and styles of badges. The Picture Gallery shows many of them.
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