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Old 27-03-11, 01:28 PM
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Default Mystery badge and strange insignia disposition on a REME corporal bush jacket

Bonjour,

Interested in post war conflicts and operations, I found few years ago a pattern 1950 bush jacket, tailor modified belonging to a REME corporal assigned to the 63rd Gurkha Brigade.



However, I have few questions on it.

First, I'm surprised to see two patches on the same sleeve. The highest is the 63 Gurkha Infantry Brigade (AOR Serrmbam, Kuala Lumpa and Muar) and the second is the 28th Commonwealth Independent Infantry Brigade (AOR Penang moving to Butterworth in 1955). That's a mystery for me...


The right sleeve has four press studs and I don't know what type of insignia was it? A formation patch, I don't think, two are enough. I feel a proficiency badge, but so large? Bomb disposal is a RE skill, not REME is not it?



Thank you for your help,

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Old 27-03-11, 04:29 PM
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More likely the kris (dagger) badge of Malaya Command?
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Old 27-03-11, 05:14 PM
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More likely the kris (dagger) badge of Malaya Command?
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Old 27-03-11, 05:42 PM
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Thank you for your quick answers, gentlemen,

It sounds like a solution but the two brigades patches remain a mystery?

I don't know why the two formation patches and the ranks are sewn but not the unknown insignia? Perhaps because it was not easily available it was preserved and removed before wash. More simply, soldiers received Malaya Cmd with press studs....

Thank you for your help

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Old 27-03-11, 06:06 PM
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Strange. I served with 28 Commonwealth Brigade from 1965 to 1968, which was then based in Terendak Camp, Malaka. There were no Gurkha troops within the Brigade as far as I recollect. During my time in the Far East, I do not recollect seeing anyone with two patches on one arm.
The brass REME shoulder title looks to be genuine, and yes, bomb disposal was an RE responsibility, not REME.
Suspect a fake shirt!
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Old 27-03-11, 06:19 PM
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From another web site;

HQ REME 63 Gurkha Inf. Bde. Seremban, Kuala Pilah, Kluang 1950-1962

HQ REME 28 Commonwealth Bde. Butterworth, Terendak 1957-1970

L.A.D. 63 Gurkha Inf. Brigade Seremban, Kuala Pilah, Kluang 1951-
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Old 27-03-11, 06:22 PM
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Well, not - perhaps - a fake shirt, but one dressed up, with a missing 'real' badge and an additional badge added.

Many years ago (80s) I bought a US Army shirt in a 'boutique' in Oxford Street. It had a fake 'US Army' tab, but a real name tab; a fake 1st Air Cavalry on the right sleeve but a real 'Big Red One' on the left (all subdued) and a real Drill Instructor badge stitched through the breast pocket. The badges (including the modern duff) alone were worth more than the cost of the shirt. So I bought it.
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