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Old 09-11-18, 12:19 PM
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Default Spurious QO Buffs badge or trial pattern?

Hi. What do you think about this one? Purchased off eBay more as a curiosity than a serious addition to my Home Counties Brigade / Queens collection. It shouldn’t really exist as the regiment only consisted of one regular battalion that wore the Home Counties Brigade badge. The Kent territorial infantry stayed as Buffs and Royal West Kent battalions until the formation of the Queens in 1966.So is this badge a fantasy item or did Gaunt actually produce this badge as a trial piece in the period the regiment was formed and before the Home Counties badge was issued? Interested to hear peoples thoughts on this one.
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Old 09-11-18, 12:23 PM
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It looks a genuine badge to me.

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Old 09-11-18, 12:26 PM
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The regiment was formed in 1961, within the Home Counties Brigade, are you thinking of TA rather than regular wear?
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Old 09-11-18, 01:41 PM
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No I wasn’t thinking of TA use as there never was a territorial battalion of the Queens Own Buffs. Oddly they remained Buffs and RWK.
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Old 09-11-18, 02:19 PM
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The Brigade badge would have been in wear by the time the QOB were formed?
At the end of 1972 I was interviewed at St George's Barracks, Sutton Coldfield by an officer (a major I think) who was wearing what I took to be a silver QORWK badge in his SD cap. I wondered why he was wearing the badge of a regiment no longer in existence.
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Old 09-11-18, 03:01 PM
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1961 would have been pushing the envelope for the Gaunt Bham mark.

Also any new design would have been made in a/a by that date. All of the Bde system badges and the newly raised TA units with a new design (such as Cambs & Suffolks) were made in 1958 in a/a.
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Old 09-11-18, 08:37 PM
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1961 would have been pushing the envelope for the Gaunt Bham mark.
Agreed...... it would have been the large J.R.GAUNT LONDON mark.
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