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Badges for some slightly less scary people...the WO2

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That could also be a possibility. Is it possible to post something that shows the difference between cerise and cherry red ? A lot of these subtle distinctions in facing colour are lost on me ! :speechless:

I got it around my neck - the Cheshires wore white backed badges but had a shade of red for the woolly - pullys that they wore them on.

I'm wondering about the 11th Hussars / Royal Hussars?

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That could also be a possibility. Is it possible to post something that shows the difference between cerise and cherry red ? A lot of these subtle distinctions in facing colour are lost on me ! :speechless:

Cerise is cherry red. Same thing. Cerise is French for cherry.

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Cerise is cherry red. Same thing. Cerise is French for cherry.

Many thanks. I think the badge in question is Hussars since it is the same shade of cherry red, oops cerise, that they used for their trousers (hence the nickname "cherrybums").

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Gentlemen, going back to he mystery crowwn badge in post 23. Take a look at the photo in Ulstermans 'Greek Lt Colonel' thread in the Southern Europe and Balkans section. Looks very similar to the crown on the Officers cap?

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Here are a few more badges. First up RQMS on a grey backing which I beleive is Army Educational Corps

Followed by an RQMS on white backing for the Royal Corps of Transport.

Followed by a curiosity. It is a metal version of the RQMS badge but is only about half the size of the normal sized badge. Does anyone have any idea on why it is so small and what it was/is used for ?

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The grey would be Army Catering Corps (AEC - Cambridge Blue)

White would also be Prince of Wales's Yorkshire Regt & one of its predecessors, & Queens Royal Lancers & one of their predecessors the 17th?

The small RQMS anodised badge - for wear by females, perhaps on the wristband?

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RQMS Kings Crown, this one has the flat brass sheet fittings that I associate with Canadian insignia, rather than the British style wire loops:

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Going back to post 47 - The crown above three chevrons as worn by infantry Clr Sgts pre-1914/15 with SD & KD was the same size as that worn by the 'Sgt Major' on his cuff i.e. very large. On the introduction of the CQMS the crown above three chevrons was retained, but the crown much reduced in size. The CSM adopted the old Sgt Majors crown in the large size in bullion & worsted but slightly smaller in brass and only on the lower right cuff.

British Army rank can be a minefield in it's own right, due to the changes over the centuries. The ranks covered here are for Regulars, but the ranking for senior ranks within the Volunteers and Territorials are even harder to get your head around. Then you have to deal with '4' not '3' chevrons either point up or down depending on your appointment within the battalion.

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This is just a sample of Volunteer rank as worn by Robert Patrick - Newcastle Volunteer Artillery. Unfortunately Vista hasn't got a programme that would allow me to put in the full photo.

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To all,

To add some Australian flavour here is the cloth rank patch for Army WO2 worn on the Disruptive Pattern Combat Uniform (DPCU). The addition of AUSTRALIA on the bottom of the rank slide is recent. This rank is worn on the front centre of the shirt.

Regards,

Rob

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And the same for the Disruptive Pattern Desert Uniform (DPDU). I am not sure why but this rank slide is a bit longer than its DPCU counterpart. Once again worn on the front centre of the shirt.

Once I track down the general cloth patches for General Duty Dress, Mess Dress, and Winter Dress I shall post pics.

Regards,

Rob

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Here we have the cloth rank slide for the Garrison Jacket. This zippered jacket is a dark brown item and resembles a 'bomber jacket' of old, with the rank patch worn off-centre.

Regards,

Rob

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Here is the cloth rank patch for General Duty dress. It is worn on the top of the sleeve, not on the bottom near the wrist that was the case in the past.

When I can find some Service Dress and Mess Dress rank badges I shall post them as well.

Regards,

Rob

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To continue in the diversity, here are some Rhodesian ones.

Pre-independance (worn until 1971-72), it has a similar design to the British badge, but on dark green felt for Dress.

It is to note that the Royal Rhodesia Regiment used the KRRC badges shown in post # 37.

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To all,

To continue with some Australian flavour here are some more.

Staff Sergeant Major, Class 3, embroidered, c.1950.

Regards,

Rob

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Australian Army WO2, worsted wool, c.1950's. Worn on battledress on the lower sleeve.

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Australian Army WO2, worsted wool, c.1960. Worn on battledress on the lower sleeve. Minor variations on crown compared to the one above.

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Australian Army WO2, worsted wool, c.1960. Worn on service dress on the lower sleeve.

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