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Old 04-04-22, 04:36 PM
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Default Scottish Regiment Tartan Badge Backings

I am not aware of a book or source for what regiments wore a tartan backing to their cap badges, so have gone through my Copy of Doyle and Foster "British Army Cap Badges of the Second World War" and using this book I created a list of those mentioned. Not the expert, but this might give a start, as I am sure those more knowledgeable can add to or amend the list. I also am not listing the cut of the tartan or how it is positioned behind the badge.

WW2 SCOTTISH CAP BADGE BACKING from Doyle and Foster

London Scottish – Hodden Grey Square
Liverpool Scottish Queen’s Own Highlanders – Forbes Tartan Square
Glasgow Highlanders Highland Light Infantry – Government Tartan Square
5th (Caithness & Sutherland) Battalion Seaforth – Government Tartan Square
Tyneside Scottish, the Black Watch – Government Tartan Square
Argyle & Sutherland (Badge Voided after 1913) – Government Tartan Square
Cameron, Queen’s Own Highlanders – Cameron of Erracht Tartan Square
Gordon Highlanders – Gordon Tartan Square
Seaforth Highlanders – Mackenzie Tartan Square
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow) – Mackenzie Tartan Square
Black Watch – Government tartan Square
Cameronians – Douglas Tartan Square
Kings Own Scottish Borders – Lesley Tartan Square
Royal Scots Fusiliers – Government Tartan Square
Royal Scots (1st Btn Red Center, 2nd Btn Green Center) – Hunting Stewart Tartan Square
Scots Guards – Royal Stewart Tartan Square
The Highland Regiment –
Lowland regiment –
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Caithness & Sutherland Home Guard – Sutherland Tartan Square

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Old 04-04-22, 06:26 PM
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5th Bn Parachute Regiment - Hunting Stewart tartan to Para Regt beret badge - diamond shape (Also used post WWII by 15 PARA (SV). )
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Old 04-04-22, 08:22 PM
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Not sure the Black Watch ever wore a tartan square on the Tam. Always the red hackle to my knowledge.

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Old 04-04-22, 08:25 PM
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Thanks Colin and CB. I am not just interested in WW2 as I collect all periods if I can in my areas.

Colin, would it be the para cap badge worn on the diamond Hunting Stewart then? Would that be correct for an A/A cap badge?

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Old 04-04-22, 10:31 PM
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5 Para Bn originally wore the first pattern AAC badge with the Hunting Stewart tartan backing on a Tam-O-Shanter and then on a maroon beret. The AAC cap badge was then replaced by the Parachute Regiment cap badge after 1943.

The Territorial Army 15 PARA (SV) wore a Parachute Regiment cap badge (in anodised aluminium ‘Staybrite’ as soon as that form was adopted after WWII) with a Hunting Stewart tartan backing on their maroon berets 1947-93, with 15 (Scottish) Company of 4 PARA(V) wearing the backing for a period after that.

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Old 05-04-22, 04:13 AM
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Excellent Colin, many thanks! A war time badge is out of my range, but a nice A/A one will do nicely.

Was it worn as a square or some other shape?

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Old 05-04-22, 05:37 AM
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Both 5th Bn and 15 PARA(SV) wore the backing as a diamond. 15 PARA(SV) wore it aligned so the red stripe ran from from the midpoint of the right upper edge to the midpoint of the left lower edge. (I attach a photo but note that the tips of the badge should be aligned with the tips of the backing, unlike whoever fitted the badge in the photo.)
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Old 05-04-22, 05:20 PM
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Colin, My very sincere thanks! As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!!! One I hope to add now.

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Not sure the Black Watch ever wore a tartan square on the Tam. Always the red hackle to my knowledge.

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That would be the case. Red Hackle on the khaki ToS or blue Balmoral. Cap badge without cockade on the plain blue Glengarry.
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