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Old 01-07-22, 01:06 PM
bill badger bill badger is offline
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Default Indian formation sign?

Good afternoon,

Does anyone know if this cloth badge might be an Indian division? With heavy yellow stitching to the reverse I thought it might have links to India but I am far from certain.

Any help much appreciated
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Old 02-07-22, 09:39 AM
fusilier27 fusilier27 is offline
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Default sheep shears

Its the Durham and North Yorkshire County Div formed in Feb 1941
from the west Sussex county Div disbanded Dec 1941 hope this helps
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Old 02-07-22, 09:59 AM
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From Wiki:

The Durham and North Riding County Division was a coastal defence formation of the British Army during the Second World War. It was only in existence from 12 March 1941 until 1 December 1941 when it was redesignated Durham and North Riding Coastal Area and the subordinate brigade headquarters were disbanded. Most of the infantry battalions were then converted to other roles with the Royal Artillery or the Royal Armoured Corps. In its short existence the division had just one general officer commanding, Major-General P. J. Shears. It was under the command from X Corps from formation until 9 April and then under IX Corps.

The divisional sign was a pun on the name of the division's commander and a reference to the wool industry of the area.

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Old 02-07-22, 03:26 PM
bill badger bill badger is offline
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A big thank you to Fusilier 27 and Grey green acorn for your detailed help. With this knowledge I looked up the sign and noticed that the background colour should represent a green field. My version is black and clearly not a wartime one anyway. At least it will be filed away in the right box!

Once again many thanks
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