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Re: Unknown Band Member

Postby jf42 » 14 Jan 2016 01:02

‘Badge and backings and special embellishments of the British Army’ (C.E. Audax 1993) notes that the King's Royal Lancs were recorded wearing a "scarlet diamond backing" on their slouch hats from 1901.

That would appear to be primarily a reference to the 2nd Battalion who were in South Africa 1899-1903, although there was the MI detachment from the 1st Battalion in South Africa from 1900.

This might argue in favour of a 2nd battalion man in India from 1912, although the process by which use of a flash on the slouch hat of the 2nd battalion in SA might be transmitted to the helmets of the 1st Battalion in Malta, say, or India, is not hard to envisage. The scarlet TRF derived, principally, from the various red cap distinctions denoting a Royal regiment: head band on forage cap, ball tuft 1869-78, and helmet plate inset.

{The King's (Liverpool & Manchester) Regiment also sported similar distinctions including a 'red diamond' on their Wolseley from some time before 1903. Red badge backings and flashes became common among the Lancashire regiments}
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