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Re: Head dress badges of the ABW period 9 years 8 months ago #5774

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Hi Iain.....

I think that they would have followed the British style..... A form of badge on the side of the helmet if they had any helmets instead of on the front.....

Had a quick look in Owen's and it does not really say one way or another but I would not want to wear a badge on the front of my helmet as a perfect target for the Boers....

And a helmet badge would have been too big to wear on the side. Could have been a collar dog????

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Re: Head dress badges of the ABW period 9 years 8 months ago #5775

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Mike,
Interesting to note the two large maple leafs are quite differant!
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Re: Head dress badges of the ABW period 9 years 8 months ago #5778

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Hi Frank.....

This badge was also worn as a General Militia badge in Canada....

Here is an article that I did for the British Badge Forum.....

www.britishbadgeforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2050

I am not at home now as this is Thanksgiving Weekend and at family for supper so I cannot send the pictures here....

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Re: Head dress badges of the ABW period 9 years 8 months ago #5779

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I wonder at what point the helmet plate ceased to be used in the field. Maybe with the switch from redcoats to Khaki?

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Re: Head dress badges of the ABW period 9 years 8 months ago #5781

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Very much the case! some infantry regts in the British army in Zululand in 1879 had removed their 1869-78 shako plates, brass spikes and chin chains and dyed their white helmets with tea, coffee, boiled mimosa bark and cow dung etc!
Can't say as I blame them really!

iaindh wrote: I wonder at what point the helmet plate ceased to be used in the field. Maybe with the switch from redcoats to Khaki?

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Re: Head dress badges of the ABW period 9 years 8 months ago #5783

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I wasn't aware of that!
The helmet plate was a sort of "shoot me" sign, particularly on a white helmet.
Moving the insignia to the side made a lot of sense.
I thought it may have been after the 1st Boer war that Khaki was adopted but seemingly it was 1897, just before ABW.

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