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Royal Free Nurses’ League Badge, United Kingdom, 1910-1920

This badge was owned by Elizabeth Batten, a nurse who served during the First World War. As a member of the Royal Free Nurses’ League she was entitled to wear it. The League was an association for all trained nurses in the United Kingdom. Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein was patron of the league and the crown in the centre of the badge is a symbol of her patronage. In the early 1900s, nursing was a female-only profession.

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Glossary: badge

Objects bearing special or distinctive marks, tokens, or devices signifying membership, allegiance, authority, or qualification; usually worn on the person.