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History of the Badges of the Australian Army (1903 to 1966)

This section draws heavily on research by Alfred N Festberg as presented in his book Australian Army Insignia 1903-1966. He concentrated only on units in the 1966 Order of Battle.

 Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps (RAANC)

Pressed silver General Service Badge (Rising Sun) as issued to the nurses in WW1. Note the pin fixing which was also a variation from the twin lugs and fixing bar of the male badge.


Pairing of the RSB and an shoulder title, converted into a badge or brooch and silver plated. This is how some of the AIF nurses wore their badges.

This badge was worn by trainee nurses in all Commands except Eastern Command from 1 January 1944 till the end of 1946

  • << Nurses after July 1950 wore a silvered General Service badge

Approved with Tudor (King's) Crown October 1951 . Hat badge & Badge on Tie bar

 Approved with St Edward's Crown October 1953. Hat badge & Badge on Tie bar
  •  Since 1951 badges are worn with a dull cherry cloth backing.  

  • Prior to WW2 the Nursing Corps wore embroidered Corps badges on the sleeve, colour being linked to rank of the wearer.

 Women's Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC)

 Approved in 1951

Approved in 1953 


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