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Old 09-02-15, 06:51 PM
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Default 49th (West Riding) Division 'Polar Bears'

I'm particularly fond of Polar Bears on account of my Grandfather having served in the Division with 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment from Normandy to Osnabruck. He was in the Carrier Platoon of Support Company.

I thought I'd show my Polar Bears to date.

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Old 09-02-15, 08:56 PM
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Martin
Nice collection of div signs you have.
Did any of them come from your grandfather?
Julian
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Old 10-02-15, 08:19 AM
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My Grandfather's Leicester/West Riding insignia is in my Father's possession, proudly framed on the wall along with his medals and ID tags.

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Lucky you - been after the TT variant for years!
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Old 10-02-15, 01:52 PM
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I served in 49 bde when it was part of 2Div in the 80's. The polar bear was still the emblem. A motor company Polar motors had a very similar emblem that they used ,if i recall the bear was the other way round . We regularly swiped their car stickers.
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That was the first 'TT' version I'd seen so I was lucky (and determined) to get it!

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Lucky you - been after the TT variant for years!
Please enlighten me: why and when was the 'TT' worn on the polar bear sign?
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Old 12-02-15, 10:02 AM
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Please enlighten me: why and when was the 'TT' worn on the polar bear sign?
On 30th November 1944, 74th Field Regiment transferred to 49th (West Riding) Division from 50th (Northumbrian) Division; the latter re-designated as a Training Unit in England. The 'TT' is kept as a mark of the Regiment's parentage.

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Old 12-02-15, 11:10 AM
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Thanks, Martin -- very interesting. I will now be on the lookout!
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