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Old 10-07-19, 01:52 PM
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Default Irish - Possibly and Royal Welsh Fusiliers

A very good friend gave me this belt today. He believes his wife's grandfather put it together. If so the veteran served on the Somme.
It is a bit of a mystery in that to my uneducated eyes the belt appears to have an Irish connection. Could it represent service in Ireland?
Can anyone please assist with a potential date of the belt itself and units represented? ... thank you.
Some items relate to Royal Welsh / Welch Fusiliers. I am not sure if the Regiment served there during the uprising.
Any help appreciated
Mike
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Old 10-07-19, 07:02 PM
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The Irish badges are Irish Army, so post WWI.
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Old 10-07-19, 07:57 PM
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Mike, the badge with a chariot in front of a castle is a collar badge of the Supply and Transport Service of the Irish Army. It was introduced following the formation of the Supply and Transport Service in 1931.
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The breast plate over crossed sabre and carbine is the collar badge of the Irish Army Cavalry Corps 1934 - 1953.

The ‘mangled’ crossed rifles on left of the belt is an Irish Army Infantry collar badge 1931 - 1943.

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The two grenades appear to be the generic fusilier collar badge worn by the RWF.
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Old 11-07-19, 06:47 AM
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Many thanks everyone for your help.
Later than I thought but I now realise FF was not formed until 1926
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fianna_F%C3%A1il

This forum is a mine of information, with experts in every field - thanks for sharing knowledge.
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Old 11-07-19, 03:36 PM
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Many thanks everyone for your help.
Later than I thought but I now realise FF was not formed until 1926
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fianna_F%C3%A1il

This forum is a mine of information, with experts in every field - thanks for sharing knowledge.
Mike
That Fianna Fail is a political party and nothing to do with the Irish Defence Forces who were formed in 1922

FF used on defence forces insignia stands for Fianna (An Irish Military formation from Irish mythology/folklore) and "Fail" meaning destiny. The use of the FF motif on badges & insignia dates to c. 1913 and the Irish Volunteer movement through to the present day. Is your belt buckle brass or white metal, if white metal it is possibly a 1930's era volunteer buckle.

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