Lapel badge : AIF Returned Soldiers Association, Tasmania

Place Oceania: Australia, Tasmania
Accession Number REL39045
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Enamel
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

AIF Returned Soldiers Association lapel badge. A rising sun and two soldiers are centrally located within the badge outside of which, in a circular frame are the words, 'RETURNED SOLDIERS ASSOCIATION AIF'. The whole is surmounted by the word 'PROTECTIVE' a lion's head and a King's crown. The scroll across the bottom of the badge reads `HOBART TASMANIA'. There are two lugs and a split pin on the reverse.

History / Summary

The Returned Soldier's Association (also known as the Returned and Services League) was founded in 1916 under the title The Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia (RSSILA) . The League's name changed in November 1940 to the 'Returned Sailors' Soldiers' and Airmens Imperial League of Australia' (RSSAILA) then to the 'Returned Services League of Australia' (RSL) in 1965 .