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Old 06-08-17, 10:35 AM
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Have you any reference re. the use of enamelled badges by instructors only please? (I'm not challenging what you say, just interested).
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Old 06-08-17, 02:30 PM
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The blue and white enamel crossed flags were worn by signals instructors and the men's trade qualification badge is die stamped copper.

We have an example in the Sigs Museum and it has the name of the wearer, however I don't have this detail at home. I hope that helps.

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Old 06-08-17, 02:58 PM
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Thanks, I have one set of the enamelled & a couple of the plain brass / gilding metal though not other versions used by the British army in white metal, blackenedetal etc.
There was a school of thought that the enamelled might be early examples, private purchase, I'm not sure whether the issue was ever resolved in debates on forum.
Ive not heard of the instructors explanation.
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Old 06-08-17, 06:21 PM
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Thanks Keith for your reply but what would the guys in the photo be doing ,the reason I ask is I have come across a flag and just wanted to know what its purpose was.

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I would imagine that they're training/practising semaphore skills.
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Old 06-08-17, 09:04 PM
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I would imagine that they're training/practising semaphore skills.
Thanks for your reply.
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Old 07-08-17, 02:49 AM
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Have you any reference re. the use of enamelled badges by instructors only please? (I'm not challenging what you say, just interested).
Hi Leigh,

Sorry no I don't but will look in the library at the Sigs Museum when Im there next probably Tuesday next week.

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Old 07-08-17, 07:12 AM
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Thanks you, it would be good to know more about the enamelled (albeit from the comfort of my armchair while you're putting the effort in).
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Old 07-08-17, 07:59 AM
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The example in the RASigs Museum belonged to the collection of MAJ EJ Millett MBE, and was presented to the Signals Museum in 1997 by Mr Haydn Vesty according to the interpretation on the display.

EJ Millett was an officer of the Australian Army Ordnance Corps and is unlikely to have ever worn this badge.

It was never an issue badge in the Australian army, it was privately purchased by those who wore it and was not restricted to instructors at LHQ School of Signals. I have a photograph of a uniform of a member of an AIF trench mortar battery 1917-19 which is still in the possession of the family and which bears this badge. I also have a black and white photo of members of Tasmania L of C Area Signals late 1942 or early 1943 in which one corporal who appears to wear a miniature Merchant Navy or RN colour patch, also seems to have the enamelled crossed flags above his chevrons on the right arm.

In short, anybody in the Australian army who wore this badge did so unofficially and entirely at his own expense (or perhaps that of regimental or canteen funds).

Keith
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Old 07-08-17, 02:25 PM
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This picture was on another thread but I believe this is the crossed enamel flag you are speaking about. Upon reading the information on the card it says that the two badges (Enamel crossed flag and Enamel round badge) were worn during WW2?? I was wondering if perhaps this card has the wrong period and it should maybe read WW1??? The round badge I have seen another photo and it says Commonwealth Signals School AIF. This sounds like WW1???any thoughts? I also saw one of those enamel round badges sell at a Nobles Numismatics auction and on the rear it was named to a WW1 Signals soldier.
Does anyone have one of these? and know more information about it?

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