Description: General Service Badge (Rising Sun) Hat Badge – Oxidised – World War 1
Maker’s Name: Stokes. Melbourne
Condition: Very Good
Comments: General Service Badge (Rising Sun) Hat Badge – Oxidised – World War 1. Complete with two lugs.
Australian General Service Rising badges from World War I and World War II are now starting to become scarce.
The Rising Sun badge, also known as the General Service Badge or the Australian Army Badge, is the official insignia of the Australian Army. The badge is worn on the brim of a slouch hat or the front of a peaked cap (select appointments only) and is readily identified with the spirit of ANZAC, the legend of the Australian soldier (or digger), and the esprit de corps of the Army itself, due to its association with the landings at Gallipoli in 1915.
Today, new recruits receive the iconic badge with their initial issue of equipment, which happens within their first three days of enlistment.