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Old 02-06-20, 03:53 PM
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Default 4th Bn The Wiltshire Regiment TA

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Would anyone be kind enough to tell me if the 4th Wiltshires wore a Maroon square behind their Anodised badge up to 1967.
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Old 02-07-20, 10:46 PM
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About the Wiltshire Regiment, Page 135 of "Badge Backings and Special Embellishments of The British Army" says... "A 2 inch square badge backing, together with a small maroon cut-out in the shape of the badge on the left arm of the battledress. These distinctions were both unofficial and appear to have arisen in India pre-war, at the discretion of the CO. ...Though never approved by the War Office Dress Committee, the maroon patches continued to be worn until amalgamation in 1959 with the Royal Berkshire Regiment" Source Maj (Retd) JH Peters MBE.
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Just for interest my ACF Detachment in Trowbridge was part of the 4th Cadet Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment and continued wearing the number 4 on their arms well into the 1950's if not longer. I definately have one picture showing the maroon square somewhere so presumably the cadets also continued the practice for a time.
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Old 03-07-20, 09:39 AM
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REME 245 -A little off the original post ,could you give the colour of the 4 and any other information on this cadet unit It is quite difficult obtaining information on Wilt A C F units
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Old 03-07-20, 02:33 PM
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The numbers were adopted during WW2 and in Wiltshire mirrored the local Home Guard Battalions who did much to train the ACF when the TA left to go to war in 1939. They are just printed numbers a per the war-time shoulder titles in the same material as the Home Guard.

Post-war the slip on Wiltshire titles were replaced with sown on examples.

I don't know but I would suggest that all the Wiltshire badged Detachments wore the maroon backing post-war. The colour picture is probably from the 1960's.

In an officers photogragh I also have the officers are wearing a Lanyard on both Battledress and BD. I don't know if this was a Wiltshire Regiment thing or Cadets specific.
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Old 03-07-20, 03:02 PM
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Purchased on the forum 4 1/2 years ago, I've always veered towards the maroon and white backing probably being a collector's adornment, but could it be a badge backing worn by a unit of the regiment - ACF?
It's had a good chewing by moths.
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In the first picture - the little lad with the specs ( bottom right) is thankfully 'diffy' his cap badge revealing what certainly appears to be a maroon oblong in 'portrait'.

Many thanks REME . . .
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REME many thanks for your help and your time taken in replying
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Old 04-07-20, 04:41 PM
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As always thanks for all replies, great discussion. I wont need to be buying a moroon backing for my 4th Wiltshires (1967) badge. Thanks all.Neil
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Straighten me out on this please - it's definite that 4 Wilts didn't wear a maroon badge backing?
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