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Old 11-04-08, 03:07 PM
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Default 7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles

Earlier two part badge, this one in silver, square lugs considered essential on this badge I am informed. (although I am sure this square lugs business only applies to a specific period ? - someone with a bit more experience of this badge may be able to enlighten us)






below: the later design - single piece in white-metal (post 1959/60??). with Duke of Edinburgh's coronet and cypher added. kk2082






Two regular battalions of the 7th in WW2 and two war raised. (3rd and 4th.) 2nd battalion went in the bag at the fall of Tobruk (then reformed), 1st battalion spent the war in the Burma jungle fighting the japs

Title was plain old "7th Gurkha Rifles" up to 1959 when the title changed to that in the thread heading.

final demise like the rest of them 1994.
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Old 11-04-08, 04:13 PM
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knew I had a picture of the 2 part white- metal version somewhere:

square lugs again

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The cap boss one silver the other a cheaper version.
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Old 11-04-08, 06:48 PM
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The cap boss one silver the other a cheaper version.
nice 54Bty. have you any 6th Gurkha bosses with the separate numeral (not sure if there are any more GR regts with bosses with separate numerals) anyway what i would like to know is how the small numeral is fixed to the cord part of the boss?, I assume the main part of the badge (the kukri) is on a threaded stalk but it's the small number 6 I'm curious about.
the reason I ask is that I have some bits and pieces that I think may be parts of a boss.
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Old 30-04-08, 08:08 PM
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Very nice badges.
I have a 7th thats voided and non voided,not just the coronet part of the badge.Rumour has it that the 2 part 7th badge was made in anodised,ive never seen 1.Any sightings ??
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Here is a 6th.

The number 6 is attached to a long double bar that is bent over on the rear and kept in place by the nut.
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hi all
amongst these badges in this link is a 7th gurkha badge with lugs. any idea if its a collar or cap? made by firmin aa
http://www.britishbadgeforum.com/for...6&d=1209715458
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Old 02-05-08, 01:51 PM
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Hi badge,its a hat or beret 100%.They didnt wear collar badges.
You could add that to the other 2 badges i mentioned in the other thread.Mike

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Old 03-05-08, 09:12 AM
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Hi badge,its a hat or beret 100%.They didnt wear colour badges.
You could add that to the other 2 badges i mentioned in the other thread.Mike

Hi Mike, what about the other regiments and collar badges?
I posted this in another thread: 10 GR -tiny bit smaller than a slidered beret badge:


hallmark is Gaunt: J.R.G.& S. - stamped in the back of the Kukri, - and a birmingham mark in the horn date letter Y 1948



I was hoping it was head-dess but I thought it was too small.

anyway this Gurkha thing is getting its grip on me - I see I am going to have to invest in the gurkha museum insignia guides. (have to do it in stealth mode - going to get hit over the head with a rolling pin off the missus if I bring anymore books into the house -place looks like a recycling plant gone wrong)
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Old 03-05-08, 10:25 AM
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Hi Mike,could be a pillbox hat badge rather than beret not sure.I havent got any photos of Gurkha infantry wearing collar badges.Plenty of signals,engineers and service corps,transport and logistic regiment.Not sure if the GMP or the Boys wore them either.
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Hi, it seems to be an officers collar badge worn only on the mess dress. Hot weather dress from 1937 to 50 and cold weather dress from 1925 until 46.
They were not facing pairs but the same. Can be found in Silver, Silver plate or white metal.
A small version was also worn on the Kilmarnock cap (the pill box) by VCO gurkha officers.

Sizes OCB. 19mm X 22mm, 21mm X 22mm and 26mm X 26mm.

The Kilmarnock badge for VCO gurkha officers was the same design as the OCB and is found in Silver plate on WM, sizes found, 26mm X 28mm, 20mm X 21mm and 19mm X 21mm.

From your picture I'd say its OCB.

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Re: silver Badge:
Mike / Steve, many thanks for the replies. I need a better measuring stick now to be certain (I have a micrometer somewhere).
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They were not facing pairs but the same. Can be found in Silver, Silver plate or white metal.
How very bizarre
It must have looked rather odd,at least the Cheshire/Mercian collars are very similar although they arent a matching pair.I cant think of any others that had such a big difference in them and werent a facing pair
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It must have looked odd but this was the norm,
There are a few pairs in the museum of mess dress CB which have been made as a facing pairs. These are all Hall marked silver ,dated 1928/9 (assayed London) and 1948/9 (assayed Birmingham) made by 'Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd' .
Photos also show non facing CB's being worn.

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Just noticed yours is HM silver as well, but made by Gaunt. It is possible that yours may be one of a matched pair, although a matched pair by Gaunt have not been seen and documented but they are of the same period as the G & S pair.
I'll have a look at the 1930's I A dress regs when I get a mo, but they tend to be a bit vague.
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