For grieving mothers and widows
Badges and medals that acknowledge the death of a service person have been presented to the mothers and widows of the fallen from various conflicts and in many countries. Here are some of the objects held in the Memorial’s collection.
First World War Mothers and Widows badge
These were issued to the mothers or widows of all Australians who were killed in action, died of wounds or other causes on active service, or died later of wounds or sickness attributable to their service. Mrs Mary Reiddie Peterson’s four sons enlisted in the AIF, but only one returned; the three stars on her badge represent those who did not.