Hawick Badge Day for 1/4th KOSB

Hawick Badge Day for 1/4th KOSB

One of the most popular and successful methods of raising money during the war, to help the various relief funds, and to provide comforts for the soldiers, was the "Flag", "Flower", or "Badge" Day.

One such example was that of a Badge Day on 14th August, 1915, with the aim of providing comforts for the Hawick men of the 1/4th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers.

The Hawick News of the day described the pride with which this fundraising was carried out.

Mrs Patrick A. Laing, Balcary, as secretary and treasurer, worked most energetically to promote the success of the effort. Mrs Laing was ably supported by a large committee, and by a very large number of young ladies, who zealously undertook the work of selling the badges. Despite somewhat unfavourable weather in the forenoon, the result was very gratifying to all concerned. The sum received from badges amounted to £134 16s 2d, and donations to £135 1s 1d, making a total of £269 17s 3d.

Badge sellers. From 'Hawick and the War'. Courtesy of The Hawick News.
Another Badge seller. From 'Hawick and the War'. Courtesy of The Hawick News.
This Badge seller has an interested spectator. From 'Hawick and the War'. Courtesy of The Hawick News.
Collecting for Serbia. From 'Hawick and the War'. Courtesy of The Hawick News.