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Old 20-12-19, 10:14 PM
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Can anyone help identify these badges please.
The badge (maybe a low powered torpedo) with the crossed torpedoes has had a badge stitched over the L at some point.
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Old 21-12-19, 08:34 PM
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Oddly I can find no record of any of these badges being used by the RN.

A badge with a single Torpedo was in use between 1903 and 1947. I can find no variant listed which had a crown above it.

Crossed Torpedoes - the only variants which existed with a crown above and 'something' below were the Torpedo Gunner's Mate (crown above, star below) and the Torpedo Coxswain (crown above, wheel below). Maybe a star or a wheel were stitched over the letter. No Crossed Torpedo badges with a crown above a letter are recorded as being issued - ever.

Crossed Flags - again there is no record of any badges being issued with this exact design.

Could they possibly be variants used by some Commonwealth navy?

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Old 21-12-19, 09:56 PM
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The crown above the torpedo badge was listed as an instructor in the collection that I got it from.
My thoughts on the the crossed flags, star and L badge is that it was an early pattern signaler for a landing craft or a signalman/wireman. Still a mystery. Both maybe Canadian?
Upon closer look, the crossed torpedo badge in gold has had the crown stitched over a star, so someone was trying to make a version of a torpedo badge. Once the crown was removed it revealed a very nice Leading Wireman 1940-1947.
Luckily the other 100 odd trade badges I have just got are a little easier to identify.
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Old 22-12-19, 01:25 AM
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Crossed torpedoes. Nothing above or below.
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Old 22-12-19, 11:28 AM
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Diggerinfo website has photos of a 1916 booklet "Rank at a Glance" showing various Navy torpedo and signals badges. (available on Amazon for 14.95 + postage)

None 'match' yours but an interesting item to peruse.

http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-...ank-glance.htm
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Old 22-12-19, 06:45 PM
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In my view Digger history should be used with extra caution.
The New Zealand section is lacking and misleading in a number of areas.
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Old 22-12-19, 11:23 PM
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I wonder if this badge is for a Petty Officer torpedo boy.
Part of the Special Service for boys before they turned ? and went into the regular navy.
(ref. Churchman's cigarette badge cards for similar Boy badges).
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