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Metal badges worn on the arm to indicate rank or trade

This page does not address metal badges currently worn on the left or right breast.
Trade badges started life as sew on cloth badges embroidered with a letter or letters to indicate the particular trade.


Trade & Proficiency badges of WW1 & WW2

Later the move was made to metal badges, often with a backing plate that went inside the sleeve, to indicate the same thing.

As a generalisation these were peace time badges. Those that were worn in wartime were not often worn in the field on combat uniforms.

Over the years they were produced in different fonts, different styles and different metals, as this grouping of LG (for Lewis Gunner originally and later for Light Machine Gunner) will show.

Sometimes the badges were 2 or 3 piece so the in sleeve backing plate also acted as a positioning plate.
Hotchkiss (machine) gunner Driver's badge (Spur & whip) with backing plate.
Gunner 1st Class Range taker (Artillery)
Gun layer (Artillery) Marksman

Best shot in the Company 1st Class Marksman (later version)


Tunnelers (WW1 and 1920s)

Best shot in the Battalion Best shot in the Company

Mortarman WW2 in gold (also in silver & bronze ) WW1 Australian Army Signals Corps Qualification Badge Set. Large Badge has Crown with Bolt and Nut and has Wreath on Brass Backing Plate with Rounded Lugs and Keepers, Smaller badge is on Brass Backing Plate and has Rounded Lugs and Keepers


Artillery (possibly seige artillery) Gunners qualification badge 3 badge set for Signaller
Best Gunner in the Company? Best gunner in the Battalion?

Qualified Instructor


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