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Sorry about the quality of the photo, it doesn't really give much detail does it?! (I'll try to put a better one on later) The top 6 pointed star has the initials SVC in it, beneath this, in the scroll is the date 1870. In the scroll below the cannon, the words 'Field Artllery Battalion'. Again, any information would be gratefully received! :cheers: Simon

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Sorry about the quality of the photo, it doesn't really give much detail does it?! (I'll try to put a better one on later) The top 6 pointed star has the initials SVC in it, beneath this, in the scroll is the date 1870. In the scroll below the cannon, the words 'Field Artllery Battalion'. Again, any information would be gratefully received! :cheers: Simon

Hi Simon,

I was very interested in your Artillery badge and thank you for displaying it. Having said that, I do not think I can help with very much information, but can, perhaps, suggest a few leads.

First, I do not think the badge is from Singapore. Currently, I believe, the Singapore Army has one General Service cap badge (and the old Singapore Volunteer Artillery badge carried its full title on the scroll).

I suggest you look at the Shanghai Volunteer Corps, which had several different badges, though I have not come across an Artillery one, previously.

You do not specify the size of your badge, but it looks very similar to the current Royal Malaysian Artillery badge, though the latter is about the size of the middle-sized Royal Artillery badge. The Malaysian badge does not have the SVC initials and the date.

Sorry if this only complicates matters, but I shall be interested to hear how your inquiries go in the next few weeks - someone will, no doubt, be able to give chapter and verse!

Regards,

Brian

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SAVC stood for South African Veterinary Corps.

I bought this badge on ebay and it makes an excellent addition to my RA/commonwealth artillery collection, but I've had difficulty identifying it. I believe that it could be Singapore Artillery Volunteer Corps, can anyone confirm this? (image attached)
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The actual title of the unit in question is actually the "Singapore Volunteer Artillery Corps", which was formed in 1888. In 1928 all of the volunteer formations within the Straits Settlement were re-organised as the the "Straits Settlement Volunteer Force" and among them was the "Singapore Royal Artillery(Volunteers)". However I'm unable to find any photographic references regarding badges to either of these two units and trying to blow up the image within the post failed miserably.

Graham.

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Are the letters on the star really "SVC"?

The last word on the bottom scroll appears to be "BATTERY", not "BATTALION", & what are the letters on the scroll under the star - almost looks like "INDIA" without the 2nd "I".?

Good evening Gentleman, nice to see a little discussion about my badge. I initially assumed the badge to be that of the Singapore Artillery Volunteers, having seen examples of other Singapore artillery badges though I know this not to be the case. The initials in the star at the top of the badge are SVC; the scroll beneath the star reads '1870' and the scroll beneath the gun 'Field Artillery Battery'. The badge is made of brass and has been die stamped. There are two pins fixed either side of the wheel and there is no makers mark.

I now believe the badge to be from the Shanghai Volunteer Corp, Field Artillery Battery.

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