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Posted 18 September 2009 - 17:32

After WWII British army had 14 infantry HQ's & a large number of depots administering to the regular infantry, organised territorially or by historical traditions.

Designated by letter - eg Infantry Depot "B" was that of the Lowland regiments, Infantry Depot "E" that of the regiments recruited in the counties of Yorkshire & Northumberland, Infantry Depot "J" that of the various regiments of Light Infantry.

In 1948 the depots adopted names, thus Infantry Depot "B" became the Lowland Brigade, Infantry Depot "E" the Yorkshire & Northumberland Brigade & Infantry Depot "J" The Light Infantry Brigade, & regimental depots gave way to centralised training by the new, named depots.

At the same time, the regular battalions of line infantry regiments were reduced to a single battalion, & cross postings became more common between the regiments of a depot.

During the next 20 years a large number of amalgamations but only two disbandments of infantry regiments took place, & the brigades themselves also underwent a process of change.

In the Defence Review announced in July 1957 the infantry of the line was to be reorganised, a series of amalgamations taking place.

In 1958, Brigade cap badges, were introduced to be worn instead of the regimental ones.

Some Brigades adopted a Brigade pattern of collar badge or button although some regiments retained regimental pattern collar badges etc.

Sometimes these insignia were of "new" amalgamated regiments which never had a regimental cap badge, or at least, its regular battalion did’nt – ironically some TA units wore regimental cap badges complete with battle honours won by their regular battalion while the regulars wore Brigade badges.

In 1968 the Training Brigades gave way to administrative divisions - a simplification would be that eg, The Fusilier Brigade became The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the Home Counties Brigade became The Queen's Regiment & the East Anglian Brigade became The Royal Anglian Regiment, all three regiments being part of The Queen's Division.

By this time all of the regular line infantry still survived in one form or another, albeit most in amalgamated form, other than the two which had chosen disbandment over amalgamation.


The cap badges of the Training Brigades, circa 1958 - circa 1968:

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 17:40

The Lowland Brigade


In 1948, "Infantry Depot B" which hade been the HQ for the Scottish lowland regiments became depot of The Lowland Brigade, formed on 14/7/1948 & merging the depots of:

The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)
The Royal Scots Fusiliers
The King's Own Scottish Borderers
The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

In 1957 The Highland Light Infantry transferred from The Highland Brigade, to amalgamate with The Royal Scots Fusiliers to form the Royal Highland Fusiliers on 20/1/1959.

In 1958 the regiments adopted a Brigade cap badge, common to all, the saltire of St. Andrew, superimposed on this a thistle within a circlet which was inscribed with the motto of the Order of the Thistle, "nemo me impune lacessit".
The Territorial Battalions of the four Lowland Regiments were grouped together in 1967 & eventually forming the 52nd Lowland Volunteers.

The Brigade continued to administer ts four regular regiments until 1968, when on 14/5/68, having chosen not to amalgamate, The Cameronians were disbanded.

On 1/7/68 The Lowland Brigade was amalgamated with the Highland Brigade, forming the Scottish Division, it's regiments readopting regimental pattern cap badges.


A page from "Regiments At A Glance", by Lt. Col. Frank Wilson, published by Blacke & Son Limited, London & Glasgow, (sometime during the 1950's), & the Brigade cap badge:

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 17:41

The Home Counties Brigade


The Home Counties Brigade administered the regular infantry battalions of the Home Counties of south east England.

Infantry Depot “C” at Canterbury was the HQ for the seven county regiments of the City and County of London, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex.

Formed on 14/7/1948, The Brigade combined the depots of:

The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
The East Surrey Regiment
The Royal Sussex Regiment
The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own)

On 1/4/1958 the Royal Fusiliers were transferred to a newly-created Fusilier Brigade, & during the following three years the remaining six regiments of The Home Counties Brigade were reduced by amalgamation to four.

In 1958 the Brigade adopted a common cap badge and button, both depicting an upright sword within a Saxon crown. The individual regiments wore regimental pattern collar badges

By 1961 the four regiments in the brigade were

The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment (formed 14/10/1959 from the Queen's Royal and East Surrey Regiments), the “new” regiment wearing a collar badge of a Paschal lamb on an eight pointed star.

The Queen's Own Buffs, The Royal Kent Regiment, (formed March 1, 1961 from the Buffs and the Royal West Kent Regiment), collar badge of the “new” regiment the white horse of Kent with the motto scrolls "Invicta" & the regiment's name.

The Royal Sussex Regiment, collar badge the Roussillon plume, on it a Maltese cross in the centre of the Maltese cross a St George's cross within the Garter and a laurel wreath.

The Middlesex Regiment, collar badge the plumes of the Prince of Wales, cypher of the Duke of Cambridge surrounded by a laurel wreath & with a scroll bearing "Albuhera"

On 31/1/1966, the four regiments of the Home Counties Brigade amalgamated to form The Queen’s Regiment, the four component regiments regular battalions being redesignated as 1st – 4th Battalions of the new regiment.
On 1/7/1968 The Home Counties Brigade joined The Queen's Division, along with The Fusilier Brigade & The East Anglian Brigade..

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 17:42

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 17:44

The Home Counties Brigade "patch", printed version - it could do wth the edges being ironed........

The Home Counties Other Ranks asilver anodised cap badge.


The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment was formed on 14/10/1959 by amalgamating The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) & The East Surrey Regiment), The regular battalion of the new regiment wore the Home Counties Brigade cap badge but with regimental collar badges - these combined the crown & star of the East Surreys with the Paschal lamb on an heraldic torse of the West Surreys.

This collar badge design was worn as a cap badge by the TA battalions of the regiment, but not the regular one - by the time the Home Counties Brigade had given way to The Queens Division & regimental cap badges were readopted, the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment had been amalgamated into The Queen's Regiment, which wore its own, new design of badge.

The officers gilt & silvered cap badge, the OR's anodised cap badge & collar badge & the brass shoulder title of The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment:

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 17:45

The Lancastrian Brigade



The Brigade administered the regular infantry battalions of northwest England.

Infantry Depot “D” at Carlisle was the HQ administering the county regiments of Cumberland, Lancashire and Westmorland, in the north west of England

On14/7/1948 it became The Lancastrian Brigade, & combined the depots of eight regiments:

The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)
The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
The Lancashire Fusiliers
The East Lancashire Regiment
The Border Regiment
The South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers)
The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
The Manchester Regiment

Following the Defence Review announced in 1957, by 1959 the Brigade was reduced to four regiments.:

The Lancashire Fusiliers had been transferred to the newly formed Fusilier Brigade on 1/4/1958.

On 1/7/1958 The East Lancashire Regiment and The South Lancashire Regiment were amalgamated as The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers)
On 1/9/1958 The King's Regiment (Liverpool) and The Manchester Regiment were merged as The King's Regiment (Manchester and Liverpool).

On 1/1/1959 The King's Own Royal Regiment and The Border Regiment were merged to form The King's Own Royal Border Regiment.

In 1958 a Brigade cap badge was introduced, the red rose of Lancaster within a laurel wreath, above it the royal crest & below it a scroll bearing “Lancastrian”.

On 1/7/1968 the Lancastrian Brigade joined The Yorkshire and The North Irish Brigade to form the King's Division.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 17:47

The Lancastrian Brigade patch, embroidered & printed version, & the Other Ranks anodised cap badge:

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 17:49

The Fusilier Brigade



The Brigade was created as part of the defence reforms announced in July 1957.

Formed on 1/4/1958, it combined the depots of the three English Fusilier regiments, which were transferred from existing Brigades:

The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (from the Yorkshire and Northumberland Brigade)
The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) (from the Home Counties Brigade)
The Lancashire Fusiliers (from the Lancastrian Brigade)

The three regiments wore the Fusilier Brigade cap badge of a fired grenade bearing St George & the dragon within a laurel wreath, beneath a crown.
Miniatures of this badge were worn as collar badges, & the button bore the St George & dragon within the laurel wreath & with crown above.

The regiments were distinguished by a coloured feather hackle worn behind the badge in the beret & to the side of the fur cap:

The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers wore red over white,
The Royal Fusiliers white,
The Lancashire Fusiliers primrose yellow.


In 1963 The Royal Warwickshire Regiment was transferred to the Fusilier Brigade from The Forester Brigade, which was being disbanded.
Retitled “The Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers” the following year, it adopted a hackle in regimental colours - “Royal Blue and Old Gold with a touch of Dutch Pink”.
To the casual onlooker, this was orange over dark blue.
In 1963 a new Brigade button was adopted - the button of The Royal Warwickshires, an antelope within The Garter, with a crown above.

On 23/4/1968, St George's Day, the four Fusilier regiments were amalgamated to form “The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers”, with no change in insignia, but with the adoption of the RNF’s red over white hackle by all four battalions of the regiment.

On 1/7/1968, The Fusilier Brigade joined with The Home Countes Brigade & The East Anglian Brigade to form The Queen’s Division.



The Other Ranks anodised cap badge of the Fusilier Brigade, which continued in use as the badge of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
The Fusilier Brigade greatcoat sized anodised button, superceded by the Royal Warwick's button design when the regiments of the Brigade were amalgamated to form The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
The cap badge & red over white hackle of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers of the Fusiler Brigade period & the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers post Brigade period.
The badge & "Royal Blue and Old Gold with a touch of Dutch Pink” hackle of The Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers:

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 17:51

The Yorkshire & Northumberland Brigade.

Infantry Depot “E” at Catterick was the HQ of the six county regiments of Lne Infantry recruiting in Yorkshire and Northumberland, on 14/7/1948 it became The Yorkshire & Northumberland Brigade, & depot ofn 14 July 1948 and combined the depots of::

The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own)
The East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York's Own)
The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment)
The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)
The York and Lancaster Regiment

The regiments were reduced to four following the Defence Review announced in 1957:

The East Yorkshire Regiment and the West Yorkshire Regiment were amalgamated into the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire.

The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers were transferred to the newly formed Fusilier Brigade.

Now comprised entirely of Yorkshire regiment, the Brigade was retitled:

The Yorkshire Brigade

In 1958 a Brigade cap badge was adopted – a crowned white rose of Yorkshire above a scroll bearing "Yorkshire
The regiments continued to wear regimental pattern collar badges..

On 1/7/1968 The Yorkshire Brigade joined the Lancastrian Brigade & The North Irish Brigade to form The King’s Division
The York & Lancaster Regiment, however, chose to be disbanded in December 1968 rather than be amalgamated.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 17:52

The Yorkshire & Northumberland patch, embroidered & printed versions:

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The Midland Brigade


Infantry Depot “F” at Strensall was the HQ of the Line Infantry regiments which recruited in the counties of Warwickshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire.

On 14/7/1948 it became The Midland Brigade, administering the regular lLine Infantry battalions of the English Midlands, & comprised:

The Royal Warwickshire Regiment
The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment
The Royal Leicestershire Regiment
The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)

Following the Defence Review announced in 1957:
The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment was transferred to the East Anglian Brigade in 1958

In 1958 The Midland Brigade was renamed as:

The Forester Brigade.

A Brigade cap badge was adopted that year, consisting of a Maltese Cross bearing an antelope within The Garter, all within a wreath of oakleaves & with a scroll bearing “Forester Brigade”, & a tiger above the rest of the design.

In 1963, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment was transferred to the Fusilier Brigade, & in 1964 retitled .
“The Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers”.

In 1964 The Royal Leicestershire Regiment was transferred to The East Anglian Brigade.

The same year saw the Sherwood Foresters transferred to The Mercian Brigade, & the Forester Brigade was disbanded.



The Forester Brigade cap badge (a Midland Brigade cap badge was never produced).

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 17:56

The Midland Brgade patch, printed version:

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 17:57

The East Anglian Brigade


Infantry Depot “G” at Colchester was the headquarters for the county regiments of the east of England which recruited in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Suffolk.

On 14/7/1948 it became The East Anglian Brigade, administering these regiments recruited from the East Anglia area of England, & was based at Bury St Edmunds
It consisted of:

The Royal Norfolk Regiment
The Suffolk Regiment
The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
The Essex Regiment
The Northamptonshire Regiment

Following the Defence Review of 1957, in 1958 The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment
Was transferred to The East Anglian Brigade from The Forester Brigade.

The now six regiments of the Brigade underwent amalgamations to form three new regiments:

On 2/6/1958 The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment & The Essex Regiment amalgamated to form
The 3rd East Anglian Regiment (16th/44th Foot).

On 29/8/1959 The Royal Norfolk Regiment and The Suffolk Regiment amalgamated to form
The 1st East Anglian Regiment (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk).

On 1/6/1960 The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment and The Northamptonshire Regiment amalgamated to form
The 2nd East Anglian Regiment (Duchess of Gloucester's Own Royal Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire)

Brigade cap badges & buttons were adopted, the design of the cap badge being an eight pointed star bearing the castle & key of Gibralter, with a scroll bearing “East Anglia”, the buttons bore the figure of Brittania.

The three new regiments wore different collar badges & coloured lanyards:

The 1st East Anglian Regiment wore collar badges showing Brittania in front of the Castle of Gibraltar & wore a yellow lanyard.

The 2nd East Anglian Regiment wore collar badges of a sphinx on a tablet inscribed "Egypt", over a scroll bearing the battle honour “Talavera”, & wore a black lanyard.

The 3rd East Anglian Regiment wore collar badges of a Napoleonic eagle within The Garter and a pompadour purple lanyard.

In 1963 The Royal Leicestershire Regiment was transferred to The East Anglian Brigade from the Forester Brigade, & wore the East Anglian Brigade cap badge with collar badges of a tiger within an unbroken laurel wreath, & a pearl grey, black and scarlet lanyard.

In 1964, the four regiments of the Brigade were amalgamated to form The Royal Anglian Regiment.

On 1/7/1968 The East Anglian Brigade joined with The Home Counties Brigade & The Fusilier Brigade to form The Queen’s Division.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 17:58

The East Anglian Brigade patch, embroidered & printed versions, & the Brigade cap badge, one - piece & two - piece versions:

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 18:00

The Wessex Brigade


The Wessex Brigade was an administrative formation of the British Army from 1948 to 1968. The Brigade administered the regular infantry battalions of the Wessex area of south and south west England.

Infantry Depot H at Bulford was the HQ for the six county regiments that recruited in Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Wiltshire.
On 28/10/1948 it became The Wessex Brigade, based at Exeter, administering to the regiments of the Wessex area of the south & the south west of England:

The Devonshire Regiment
The Gloucestershire Regiment
The Royal Hampshire Regiment
The Dorsetshire Regiment (renamed “The Dorset Regiment” in 1951)
The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's)
The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)

Following The Defence Review announced in 1957, the six regiments were reduced by amalgamation to four

In 1958 a Brigade cap badge consisting of a Wessex wyvern on a plinth bearing “Wessex” was adopted:

On 17/5/1958 The Devonshire Regiment and The Dorset Regiment were amalgamated to form the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment

On 9/6/1959 The Royal Berkshire Regiment and The Wiltshire Regiment were amalgamated into the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

It was proposed to amalgamate the Gloucestershire Regiment & The Royal Hampshire Regiment as “The Royal Regiment of Gloucestershire & Hampshire”, a cap badge was produced, the two regiments were reduced ready to amalgamate,the new regiment's cap badges were issued, but in June 1970 this was cancelled with just days to go.

On 1/7/1968 The Wessex Brigade joined The Welsh Brigade & The Mercian Brigade to form The Prince of Wales's Division.



The cap badges of The Wessex Brigade & the proposed Royal Regiment of Gloucestershire & Hampshire:

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 18:01

The Wessex Brigade patch, printed version:

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 18:02

The Light Infantry Brigade


The Light Infantry Brigade was an administrative formation of the British Army from 1948 to 1968. The Brigade administered the regular English light infantry regiments.

Infantry Depot “J” at Farnborough was the HQ for the six English light infantry regiments, based on historical tradition amongst these regiments rather than geographical recruiting areas.

On 14/7/1948, it became The Light Infantry Brigade, contaning:

The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)
The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
The King's Shropshire Light Infantry
The Durham Light Infantry

Following the Defence rReview announced in 1957, these six regiments were reduced to four:

On 1/4/1958 The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry were transferred to the Green Jackets Brigade.

On 6/10/1959 The Somerset Light Infantry and the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry were amalgamated as “The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry”.

In 1958 a Brigade cap badge of a ribboned bugle horn was adopted

On 1/7/1968 The Light Infantry Brigade joined The Green Jackets Brigade to form The Light Division.
On 10/7/1968 the four Light Infantry regiments were amalgamated to form a new regiment, “The Light Infantry”, the new regiment wearing the Brigade cap badge but with a red cloth backing filling the void between the ribbons of the horn:

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 18:04

The Mercian Brigade


Infantry Depot “K” at Lichfield was the HQ for the county regiments of Cheshire, Staffordshire, and Worcestershire, administering the area of England between the River Trent, River Mersea & River Severn, an area that roughly corresponded to the ancient Kingdom of Mercia.

On 14/7/1948 it became The Mercian Brigade, comprising:

The Cheshire Regiment
The Worcestershire Regiment
The South Staffordshire Regiment
The North Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's)
Following the Defence Review announced in 1957:

In 1959 The South Staffordshire Regiment and The North Staffordshire Regiment were amalgamated to form The Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's).

A Brigade cap badge was adopted in 1958, a gold Saxon crown over a silver double-headed eagle, (the attributed device of Leofric, Earl of Mercia)

The three regiments wore regimental pattern collar badges, & were distinguished by coloured lanyards:


The Cheshire Regiment wore a cerise coloured lanyard,
The Worcestershire Regiment a green lanyard,
The Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's) a black lanyard.

On 1/5/1963 The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire) Regiment joined the Brigade with the disbandment of The Forester Brigade., & wore regimental pattern collar badges & a Lincoln green lanyard.
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On 1/7/1968 the Mercian Brigade joined The Wessex Brigade and The Welsh Brigade in forming The Prince of Wales' Division.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 18:05

he Mercian Brigade patch, frst design on the left & second design on the right, both embroidered examples:

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 18:08

The Welsh Brigade


The Welsh Brigade was an administrative formation of the British Army from 1948 to 1964. The Brigade administered the regular Welsh infantry regiments.

Infantry Depot “L” at Brecon was the HQ for the county regiments of Wales and Monmouthshire

On 14/7/1948 it became The Welsh Brigade, containing three regiments:

The Royal Welch Fusiliers
The South Wales Borderers
The Welch Regiment

In 1958 a Brigade cap badge of Prince of Wales plumes & motto was adopted.

On 1/7/1968 the Welsh Brigade, along with The Wessex Brigade and The Mercian Brigade formed The Prince of Wales' Division.

On 11/6/69 The South Wales Borderers & The Royal Welsh Regiment amalgamated to form The Royal Regiment of Wales (24th/41st Foot), wearing
The Welsh Brigade cap badge until a revised design in silver & gold finish was introduced:

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