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Sacred Heart of Jesus cloth badge

Date: 1920s
Dimensions:
Overall: 42 x 35 mm
Medium: Cloth
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from John B Kiley
Object Name: Badge
Object No: 00036216

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    Description
    This badge is made from white woollen cloth bordered by red woollen stitching and features an embroidered image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Used by Catholic laity, these badges are worn under clothing in order to provide a sense of connection to a religious order or devotion; in this case, the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This badge is one of several religious items which John Berchmans Kiley possessed while serving in the Royal Australian Navy.
    SignificanceThis religious badge is part of a collection of personal effects belonging to John Berchmans Kiley.
    HistoryJohn Berchmans Kiley was born on 29 January 1910 and joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1925. He began his naval service on HMAS TINGIRA, a ship for boy sailors moored at Rose Bay in Sydney, where he trained for 15 months. He went on to join HMAS SYDNEY and travelled to England, returning home on HMAS AUSTRALIA. Kiley also served in HMAS MELBOURNE, and undertook four years of training at HMAS CERBERUS studying a range of gunnery courses. Kiley reached the rank of Leading Seaman, and to his great disappointment was invalidated out of the navy around 1930 due to respiratory illness.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Sacred Heart of Jesus cloth badge

    Primary title: WHITE SQUARE SHAPED CLOTH BADGE WITH EMBROIDERED RED STITCHING AROUND OUTSIDE EDGE, BLEEDING RED HEART WITH GOLD CROSS AND RAYS AT CENTRE, USED BY JOHN BERCHMANS KILEY

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