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Old 05-09-18, 07:46 AM
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Hi all,

Is somebody able to provide a photograph of the grenade badge being worn in these two clippings from a newspaper or War Illustrated by the officers and NCOs of the South African Heavy Artillery when they went to fight in Europe.

The NCOs one looks like one of the versions of the Royal Marine Artillery forage cap badge.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/World-Wa...sAAOSwLxpbjvkP

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/World-Wa...oAAOSw6W9bjvgo

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Keith
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Old 05-09-18, 07:58 AM
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I have seen these pictures before of the SAHA wearing grenade cap badges. I suspect they are generic artillery grenade badges used as an interim before been issued with the SAHA cap badge (Springbok head with crossed cannons).

I have copies of pictures of the SAHA when they left South Africa for UK, and all personal are wearing the standard SA Expeditionary force Springbok badge in circle with title 'Unity is Strength - Eendrag Maakt Mag'.

They were subsequently issued with the SAHA badge in the UK before departure to the front. I suspect the Grenade badge was an interim badge to identify these guys as artillery.

Sorry, don't have any clearer information.

Steven

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duplicated in error
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Thanks Steven,
At least I won't have to rush out looking for one then!
Cheers, Keith
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