179th Battalion, WINNIPEG HIGHLANDERS, Officer's Silver Plated Cap Badge
silver plate on copper
DOT at base type, no maker mark,
The 179th (Cameron Highlanders of Canada) Battalion was recruited and mobilized at Winnipeg under General Order 69 of July 15th 1916 by the 79th Cameron Highlanders of Canada this previously having provided 263 volunteers to the 16th Battalion on its formation at Camp Valcartier in August 1914 and later also raised the 43rd and 174th Battalions, this battalion not sailing for England until in April 1917. The 179th Battalion sailed for England October 4th 1916 under command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.Y. Reid (79th Cameron Highlanders), with a strength of 32 officers and 890 other ranks where in January 1917 it amalgamated with other Manitoba battalions in England to form the 17th Reserve Battalion. The 179th Canadian Infantry Battalion was disbanded effective July 17th 1917 under General Order 82 of June 1st 1918.
The 179th Battalion had a pipe band of 15 pipers and 7 drummers.