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Old 12-02-18, 03:19 PM
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Default WW1 Australian Machine Gun Companies

The attached felt badges are those worn by 6th Machine Gun Company AIF from 1916. Can anyone kindly advise if the yellow felt version of the crossed machine guns was replaced by the metal version during the war?

The twenty Machine Gun Companies were reorganised into five Battalions in 1918 and I believe that members of the new Battalions continued to wear the yellow felt version. This might suggest that the metal version was never adopted by Australian units but I would welcome any advice/

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Old 12-02-18, 04:28 PM
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Hi Nick,

Metal guns were not worn officially - the yellow cloth guns were the authorised badge of the Aust MGC and were sometimes not worn, especially when the MG battalion patches were introduced.

It is possible metal guns might have been worn by individuals on best service dress on leave and I have a photo where small metal crossed MGs appear to have been worn on the shoulder straps.

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Old 12-02-18, 08:25 PM
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Hi Keith.

Many thanks. I have seen photos where some officers appear to be wearing the metal version on their lapels - as in this AWM photo of 12 MGC. First officer front left and the two officers rear right.

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Old 13-02-18, 04:04 AM
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Yes, that's collar badges, I thought you were talking about colour patches/arm badges.

There are photos of crossed MG with figure '2' worn as collar badges, I think this appears in one of JK Cossum's books but I don't have them to hand.

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Old 13-02-18, 04:45 AM
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Yes, that's collar badges, I thought you were talking about colour patches/arm badges.

There are photos of crossed MG with figure '2' worn as collar badges, I think this appears in one of JK Cossum's books but I don't have them to hand.

Keith
G'day Keith

Ive got the Cossums sitting right here.

In Part 2, 1900 to 1930 on page 55 at the top right, No 182 shows 2nd. Machine Gun Company A.I.F. A combined Rising Sun over crossed machine guns over the number 2.
They are described as Hat/collar badges, 35mm. brass or oxidised, collar badges are identical. And then valued at $80.00 each.

I hope that this helps

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Phil.
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Old 13-02-18, 05:44 AM
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That's it, thanks Phil. Peter Coleman used to have a photo of a group of blokes wearing it, I think I have a copy of it floating around somewhere.
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Here's a picture of the badge.

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Old 13-02-18, 04:59 PM
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Thanks everyone. I was referring to sleeve patches. Just wanted to get this display right.

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Old 14-02-18, 02:53 AM
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Nick a great display mate and a great photo is it original??

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Old 14-02-18, 09:20 AM
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I have a GM crossed MG badge, 35mm wide, which appears to have had something (a crown?) clipped from the upper quadrant. I've long suspected that it was used as a metal substitute for the yellow cloth crossed guns, but haven't been able to substantiate it so far.
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Old 14-02-18, 09:37 AM
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Thanks Rob.

Yes - all original pieces. Tribute to my wife's great uncle Henry (Harry) Wood originally with 22nd Btn and then 6th Machine Gun Company AIF. Killed at First Bullecourt and like so many has no known grave.

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