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Badges

This page has cap and shoulder badges from units from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and India.

The following series of badges and shoulder titles would have been worn during the Boer War.  The rapid rise of locally recruited irregular South African units gave rise to a need for a semi-official badge which could be produced quickly and fashioned from rudimentary materials.  In their simplest form the badge was cut from sheet brass and worn on the almost universally adopted slouch hat.  The majority of these badges were simply the letters of their unit although some were much more intricate in design.  There are often several variations for a single unit and many are illustrated in the guide, 'South African Badges' by Owen.  The illustrated badges for Australia, Canada and New Zealand are official, although some of the contingents from these countries had their own distinctive badge, e.g. Queensland Mounted Infantry and New Zealand Mounted Rifles.

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Australian Commonwealth Horse
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Bethune's Mounted Infantry
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Brabant's Horse
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Bush Veldt Carbineers
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Canada
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Cape Colony Cyclisy Corps
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Command in Chief's Bodyguard
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French's Scouts
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Imperial Light Infantry
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Imperial Bearer Corps
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Kaffrarian Rifles
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Kitchener's Fighting Scouts
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Marshall's Horse
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Natal Royal Rifles
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Besbitt's Horse
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New South Wales Lancers
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New Zealand
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New Zealand Mounted Rifles
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Prince Alfred Guard MI
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Queensland Mounted Infantry
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Queensland Mounted Infantry
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Rand Rifles Mine Guard
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2ns Railway Pioneer Regiment
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Scottish Horse
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Steinaecker's Horse
   

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