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Old 22-10-16, 11:09 AM
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Continuing with my collecting to units my family have served in, i wondered if anyone had seen one of these out in the wild!

http://www.nam.ac.uk/online-collecti...=2000-04-114-1

Internet research shows only a couple of items have surfaced in the public domain, thoughts, observations gratefully received.

Regards Mark
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Old 22-10-16, 02:08 PM
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Hi, I have seen a stringed bugle with BFL between the strings. This British Foreign Legion badge(likely forage cap badge) was dug up at a fort in the Eastern Cape. They served in the Eastern Cape, South Africa during the 1850's. Regards Andrew
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Old 22-10-16, 05:18 PM
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Andrew, many thanks, i have done quite a bit of research, including the troops that went to the Cape, very few images or sketches exist of uniforms badges etc. Was it BFL? BGL?
Don't suppose you have an image? sketch? Many thanks, it is an option i can look for. I understand that of the troops that went, they were called South African Legion prior to leaving the UK (after signing their life away for seven years), the only change to their uniform was a red band or ribbon. Appreciate the insight - regards Mark
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Old 22-10-16, 05:34 PM
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Hello Mark

According to a short article written by Bill Carman published in 'Button Lines' (Journal of the British Button Society) the 'British Foreign Legion' was created in 1855 to increase Britain's forces fighting against Russia in the Crimean War.

This soon developed into separate 'foreign' legions - British German Legion, British Italian Legion and British Swiss Legion - a British Polish Legion was envisaged but never formed.

It would seem then that the British Foreign Legion came first but was soon superseded by the individual legions.

Hope this helps a little but hopefully another member can shed more light on these rather unusual British units!!

Roger
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Old 22-10-16, 05:57 PM
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Roger, appreciated, there are very few books regarding the German, Swiss and Italian Legions, albeit some were deployed to the Crimea. Other than medical staff (memorial to them in Sebastapol), none saw action, hence the problem - what to do with all these troops on return and then a subsequent move by some to South Africa. Fortunately the PRO does hold the documents to the Legions again most are in their 'mother tongue' i am fortunate however to have the attestation of my Ancestor who had previously served in the French and Belgian Army but that's another story!

Did the article mention what sort of buttons etc? Thanks - Mark
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Old 22-10-16, 06:59 PM
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Hi, I did take a picture of it. Not very good picture, but at least something. Regards Andrew
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