In brass, a letter ‘B’ in a wreath. To the reverse two loops east-west. Also produced in anodised aluminium and cloth.
Introduced 1944. One of the series of ‘trade’ badges -‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ granted on achievement of the required skill level in a particular trade; trades being grouped by technical difficulty, ‘A’ being the most demanding.
Below are the group ‘B’ trades in 1944. Note a further thirteen group ‘B’ trades not listed wore the ‘hammer and pincers’ trade badge instead (blacksmiths, fitters, welders etc).
This list should be considered a ‘snapshot’ as trades were added and removed over time.
Clerk (shorthand writer)
Electrician (power station)
Laboratory assistant (pathological)
Miner (mechanic or driller)
Operating room assistant
Photographer (cinematograph or still)
Railway engine driver (diesel)