View Full Version : Silver "TA" Territorial Army Lapel badge

Rob Miller
29-04-12, 05:03 PM
Please can anyone tell me what period these badges date from and also is it possible to reseach the Regiment or owner from the serial number on the back?

Thanks, Rob.:)

29-04-12, 05:22 PM
It's only a start point for the answers, but I was issued with one, along with the rest of my kit, when I joined the TA in London in January 1952

29-04-12, 07:21 PM
Of no direct help, but in hope of illumination. My partner is not a 'collector' per se, thinking it a 'man thing'. But as I'm an ex-TA officer, and she's an ex-RAFVR officer (only grudgingly accepting the shotgun marriage of the VR and the AUX AF) she does like picking up the RAFVR lapel badges of the same pattern. We have also picked up a badge with its receipt.

So, we get to thinking. With the British military mind, if you sign for something and get a receipt, there must be a system somewhere where these receipts are collated - and a name is connected to a number (think of the Silver War Badges). But much seeking has not yet turned one up.

Correlate across to the TA lapel badges...

30-04-12, 10:09 AM
According to the newly-republished Doing Their Bit : Home Front Lapel badges 1939-1945 by Jon Mills (Sabrestorm Publishing) the badge was approved by the King in March 1938 and an initial order placed with the Royal Mint that month. It was designed by a Mr Coombes who worked at the mint and the silver colour was chosen as a link to the silver badges and trimmings worn by the Volunteers.

The badges were numbered and numbers 1 and 2 were presented to the King and Queen as Honorary Colonels of TA regiments. It was issued to all TA officers and ORs on enlistment and came with a certificate but issues ceased in 1939 when the TA was absorbed into the army. All pre-war examples have a lapel fixing. It was revived for the postwar TA in 1947 when a pinback version was introduced for the ATS (later WRAC) TA.

Similar badges exist for the ATS, Royal Army Reserve, Regular Army Reserve of Officers and the RAFVR.


30-04-12, 10:39 AM
That is very interesting as the one issued to me as late as January 1952 had a lapel fastening, so it was probably old, pre-war stock. Sadly I lost sight of it many years ago.

Old Smelly
30-04-12, 11:04 AM
I have several TA ones and also a RAFVR one that has it's certificate with it. I am sure there must have been records kept of who they were issued to but where they are now is anyone's guess

30-04-12, 01:06 PM
Does anyone know when they stopped issuing badges?

I joined about 1981 and did not get one. Possibly in 1967 when the old TA was disbanded.