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Old 24-12-11, 12:29 AM
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The simple answer to this question is that cap badge backings are commemorative.

What they commemorate is as wide & varied as the number of regiments that wear them.

I think it's safe to say that it is usually to commemorate some action or battle that the regiment took part in.

Sometimes it's to commemorate the passing of some famous personage that is linked to the regiment. etc.etc.

I think much more interesting is the tartan backings of Scottish/Highland regiments and particularly when these tartan backings were introduced.

They are not seen, generally, on pre WW1 photographs. I have an old Cameron Highlanders badge and have it displayed on a patch of 79th or Cameron of Erracht tartan........I've often wondered if this is correct. (not knowing the date of the introduction of tartan badge backings)

My old pre-1914 Camerons badge is probably being incorrectly displayed on a modern cap badge backing.
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Old 24-12-11, 12:07 PM
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As already mentioned by Dave in the book Cap Badges of the British Army by G.L.D. Alderton (13 ISBN 978-1-86227-368-9)(10 ISBN1-86227-368-5) take your pick! section 9 Badge backings and Inserts, there is 5 pages of these, I tried to get the Scottish Tartan backings! no joy but in respect to price I found them prohibative cheaper to buy the badge, but!! perhaps some-one on the forum knows of a source for off-cuts? Thanks for all the posts most interesting I think we have all considered backings at some point cheers billy

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Old 10-03-18, 08:03 PM
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Hi

Regarding badge backings:

The Green Howards (Alexandra Princess of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Rgt) = Grass green patch 2’’ square

but what about:

Alexandra Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorshire Rgt) = ?

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Old 10-03-18, 09:54 PM
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but what about: Alexandra Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorshire Rgt) = ?
The Green Howards? Also a grass green patch 2’’ square. According to badge backings and embellishments of the British Army: 'with the earlier pattern of taller badge a longer green patch was worn with the two top corners clipped.'

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Old 11-03-18, 04:22 AM
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First and second pattern slouch hat badges.

More of an embellishment than a backing, but the sealed pattern for second badge includes the felt so formalising it as part of the badge. Haven't seen the SP for the first but assume it would be the same.
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Old 11-03-18, 04:24 AM
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Beret badge was worn for a time - unofficially as far as I can tell - with red backing.
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Old 11-03-18, 04:25 AM
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When the badges were introduced the VAD lobbied the TF Association for either enamelling or felt to make their badge more distinctive. The latter was adopted presumably on cost grounds.
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Old 11-03-18, 04:26 AM
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Black "tombstone" felt backing for the beret badge. This one the Officer's S/G pattern badge.
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Old 11-03-18, 04:29 AM
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Beech brown teardrop felt backing for O/R beret (don't know about the officers, I guess dependent on whether they wore bullion or S/G on beret.)
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Old 11-03-18, 04:47 AM
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Ian Kelly lists a whole load of backings on his website:

https://www.kellybadges.co.uk/197-mi...acking-fabrics
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The Green Howards? Also a grass green patch 2’’ square. According to badge backings and embellishments of the British Army: 'with the earlier pattern of taller badge a longer green patch was worn with the two top corners clipped.'

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Hi Thomas

I spoke about Alexandra Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorshire Rgt) 1902 - 1921

Wich backing ?
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Old 18-03-18, 09:34 AM
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The Parachute Regiment are amongst those who have worn a variety of backings. Regarding their wear behind anodised badges, I would suggest that Junior Para have worn a maroon/sky blue/ maroon ribbon, which was then replaced by an oval blue plastic backing. A green oval was worn too, I think by people who were back-squadded.
15 Para wore a diamond of tartan, following on from the wartime 5 Para Bn.
Guards Independant Company wore a guards ribbon behind the badge, and the Gurkha Indep Company wore a dark green rectangle with a piece of Gurkha ribbon colours either end.
The Paras, wishing to retain their identitiy have also worn a piece of maroon felt behind the UN enamel badge, and I've seen the same maroon behind a Para badge worn by a helicopter pilot on an AAC light blue beret.
I'll try to find the badges/backings/pictures when I get a chance.

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Old 20-03-18, 02:34 PM
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I don't know when the Paras started wearing the maroon patch behind the badge on the UN beret, it wasn't being worn in UNFICYP around the mid 1970's.
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Old 23-03-18, 02:47 PM
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Pictures of the Junior Para blue plastic and the green plastic backings.
Picture of the Gurkha backing
This badge when bought had the word "CADETS" on the backing, so presumeably worn on a dark blue ACF or CCF beret

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Old 23-03-18, 02:49 PM
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and finally the 15 Para backing.
Incidentally checking my references the maroon patch on the UN beret was initially 1964.

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