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Old 15-02-24, 12:30 PM
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Default Bombers First World War

The next edition of the Military Heraldry Society's Journal The Formation Sign includes an article on the Infantry Bombers of WW1, the specialists who used the newly-invented hand grenade.

Looking through my photos I found this one of a young soldier wearing the small brass grenade of the type worn by the Royal Artillery and Fusilier regiments which were used as substitutes for the official bomber’s badge.

The cap badge looks to be that of the King's Regiment, although the bottom scroll is obscured by the cap strap.

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Jon
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Old 15-02-24, 01:09 PM
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"Edwards and Langley" mentions the brass grenade being painted blue and being used as the Trench Mortar Gunner badge, and the Liverpool Scottish using a R Innis Fus shaped brass grenade bearing a white horse as Bombers badges.
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Here are some of my WW1 Bombers badges, some of which have not been seen before and possibly unique.

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Old 15-02-24, 03:36 PM
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A nice batch of badges - I haven't seen mention or images of the versions with wreaths and "Instructor" before.
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Old 15-02-24, 05:59 PM
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Here are some of my WW1 Bombers badges, some of which have not been seen before and possibly unique.

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Lovely badges Simon.
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Here are some of my WW1 Bombers badges, some of which have not been seen before and possibly unique.

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Outstanding Simon.
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The first 'grenadier' badge approved in Australia in 1916 was a copper oxidised grenade, although photographs also show the brass one such as in Jon's photograph being worn.

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Fascinating the instructor badges I could find no supporting documentation for anything but the patterns mentioned in the1916 and 1917 GRO. Neither mention instructor’s badges but unofficial badges are not without precedent
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