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Old 12-12-19, 02:45 AM
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The Queen's Own Gurkha Engineers have Boss badges, that come in two colours: Red and Black.

What is the significance in the Colours?

Also, can anyone address the history/significance behind the cord/boss badges?

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Old 12-12-19, 09:27 PM
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Hi Drew,
Boss badges are only worn by the officers, the Blue one is worn on the Khaki peaked cap and the Red one on the No1 Blue dress cap.
When GE were formed they followed the dress of the Gurkha Infantry regiments as far as possible, as the infantry officers wore a cord boss, they followed suit.
No historical significance to the choice of colour as far as I am aware.

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Old 13-12-19, 02:49 AM
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Steve,

Thank you so much for the informative feedback. So Black is actually "blue" - inq blue!
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Old 13-12-19, 09:31 AM
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So Black is actually "blue" - inq blue!
Historically (1882) it was different:

"Active Service and Peace Manoeuvre Cap

- Green cloth of special pattern, ornamented in front with a silver bugle placed on a scarlet cord boss for the2nd Goorkhas, and on black cord boss for other regiments."

From 'The Gurkha Rifles' by J. B. R. NICHOLSON
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Garter blue is the facing colour of the Royal Engineers so they simply took the rifle regiments traditional cord boss and changed it from the black to the blue, thus tieing the two traditions together.
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