#Military buttons dating back to First World War found in #Harpenden

Military uniform buttons dating back to the First World War have been unearthed at Cross Farm in Harpenden,100 years after the heroes who wore them were injured in battle.

The poignant reminders of the Great War have been discovered by chance at the 750-acre farm, which has been farmed for over 200 years by Will Dickinson’s family. During the First World War the damaged uniforms of soldiers injured in battle were composted and sent back to England, to be re-used as fertiliser on farms back home. Buttons and badges were supposed to be removed before the soldiers’ camouflage gear, made from wool, was turned into compost.

The majority of those discovered by the metal detectorist have been sent to museums. Items found include a badge from the Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge’s Own), a Queen’s Regiment badge, along with uniform buttons embossed with emblems, including one of a map of Australia and Royal artillery.


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