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Old 30-08-11, 01:06 PM
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Default Some old cloth collection in local British Legion

Snapped these on my mobile, a small framed collection of cloth badges, in the Huyton with Roby British Legion, sorry for quality of photo but may be of interest. I know very little about cloth items and wonder are there any 'GEMS' among them.
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Old 30-08-11, 01:29 PM
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I believe the only rare item there is close to the centre of the frame - the blue/yellow pentagonal sign of the HQ Western Europe Commanders-in-Chief c 1949. The five links of the chain symbolise the five Western Union Powers of the Brussels Treaty (GB, France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg). It is mounted upside down - the upper single link should be horizontal.
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Old 30-08-11, 02:56 PM
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Default HQ Western Europe C-in-C

I would agree with Mike that the HQ Western Europe C-in-C is a rare item. Here is some additional information from Badges on Battledress (2nd edition 1951) by Lt Col Howard Cole.

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Old 30-08-11, 03:10 PM
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I would agree with Mike that the HQ Western Europe C-in-C is a rare item. Here is some additional information from Badges on Battledress (2nd edition 1951) by Lt Col Howard Cole.

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Tony,
I was told some time ago that there is also a display of badges etc at the Runcorn British Legion, I keep on meaning to call there to see if it is still there and what it comprises.
Will get round to it one day.

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Old 30-08-11, 05:09 PM
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Thanks Mike and GGA for your information on the chain badge.
Peter I wouldn't be surprised if most Legion clubs have some sort of modest collection, most likely donated by members or members families, no need to 'pay in' now in Huyton non-members welcome wonder if that applies nationwide?
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Please find attached my Western Union Army flash from my National service days. In 1950 I was posted to the British Embassy in Paris and was given the flash to wear. The WUA headquarters was at Fontainbleau where I saw Field Marshal Montgomery several times. In 1951 when SHAPE set up I was told to wear the SHAPE flas, which I did for two daysthen told to take it off as I would be issued with the War Office flash. But before this could happen I was told to put my old WU Army flash back on which I wore untilde mobbed in March 1952. I managed to hang on to my flash as they were being ripped off the jackets. So I officially wore the flash although the WU Army had ceased to when intergrated into SHAPE. By the way I was the only National Service man at the Embassy, the other three were regulars, Guess who did all the work?
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Is that a Home Guard arm band Tony.

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Hello R-W1,
nice clean patch for its age, the one in the frame has seen better times, excuse my ignorance but what is or was SHAPE ?
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Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
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Hello Simon,
yes it is a Home Guard arm band and on the other side of the frame is a Local Defence Volunteers arm band, I'm sure they came before the HG.
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Thought so. There's a framed set on HG on Ebay at the moment. Thought about going for it. Nice framed collection there Tony. Oh, and thanks again on the Black Watch.

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Oh, by the way. What would the period of use be for the Imperial pattern one. I was about to go for one with the laurels, and found pout that was WW2. I hope I can put this one in the WW1 collection.

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Oh, by the way. What would the period of use be for the Imperial pattern one. I was about to go for one with the laurels, and found pout that was WW2. I hope I can put this one in the WW1 collection.

Simon.
Simon,
missed this one I know this is the pre laurel pattern and has the die flaw to the sphinx a known original type. If WW1 I can't say.
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