Badges for special
qualifications including wounds, long service etc
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(also a commonly worn, different size) as a hat badge in Rifle
Badges of the
AIF for special training, wounds, overseas service and other special
cases including long service and good conduct.
1917-07. A studio portrait of 2919 Corporal Wallace Alfred ("Alf")
Jones, a physical training (PT) instructor, at the AIF encampment on Salisbury
plain. The badge of crossed swords
that he is wearing above his corporal's chevrons denotes his position as
a Physical Training
His belt buckle is a British pattern 14 buckle that he
has probably donned for the photograph, to make his uniform look
Corporal Jones was killed in action on 1918-03-17. (donor:
||Castlemaine, Vic. c.
1887. Studio portrait of Corporal Robert Gartside (born 1862). Note the marksman
badge on lower left sleeve.
Gartside enlisted in the 4th Victorian Rifles in 1885 and was promoted
to Corporal in 1887. He was wounded in the South African (Boer) War as a
Lieutenant at Wolve Kuil on 14 February 1901 while serving with the 3rd
Victorian Bushmen's Corps. He retired as a major in 1903. He re-enlisted
in 1914, and served as Second in Command of 8th Battalion as an acting
Lieutenant Colonel. He was killed in action at Gallipoli while leading a
charge of the 7th Battalion near Tommies' Trench on 8 May 1915. He was
posthumously awarded the Volunteer Decoration (VD). (Donor:
G.W. Gartside). Photographer: A.Verey & Co, Castlemaine (Vic).
Colonel E.H. Smith CB of the 12th Battalion, AIF. Note the additional
This must have been a personal
decision as the Dress Manual did not call for such a badge. (Donor
Captain L.M. Newton)
WW1 Corporal in a
Signals Unit Worn
by 3849 Corporal (Cpl) Frank McArthur. Cpl McArthur enlisted on 28
August 1915 and served with 13 Battalion. He was awarded a Military
Medal at Zonnebeke in 1917, and returned to Australia on 13 April 1919.
arm band. A runner is someone who
carries messages from the commander of a unit or sub unit to HQ or to
lower echelon people. Sometimes a runner was required to be running away
from the front lines. To ensure that there was no mistakes or
misunderstandings runners were made to wear a distinguishing arm band.
This was particularly necessary if British MPs were around as they would
shoot to kill any one they decided was 'malingering' or not taking a
proper part in an attack.
photo supplied by Grants
France. A group of non
commissioned officers (NCOs) from the 1st Australian Siege Brigade,
probably the 1st Australian Siege Battery, formerly the 54th Siege
Note the men are all wearing the badge of the permanent
artillery, not the Rising Sun badge.
The siege batteries were the
units in the 1st AIF authorized to
wear a distinguishing badge. (donor
Cairo, Egypt. c. December
1915. 8932 Driver Jack (John) McKenzie and his brother Gordon.
Jack McKenzie of Bathurst, NSW, enlisted on 24 March 1915, aged 26. He
was with the Ammunition Reserve, 4th Light Horse Brigade and was then
attached to the 3rd Section, 20th Australian Army Service Corps (AASC)
until 5 April 1919. Jack is smoking a pipe and is wearing a proficiency
badge on his right arm of Skill in Horse Driving
(2nd Class), the design being
crossed whips and spur. This badge came into existence in 1903 as a
militia badge, also being worn through WW1. His brother was possibly
Lieutenant Livingstone Gordon McKenzie, Australian Flying Corps, who
enlisted on 8 February 1915 and retired on 6 May 1919. (Donor
Army Order No.204 Headquarters, 1st
A.N.Z.A.C., 9th August, 1916.DISTINCTIONS FOR OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS WHO HAVE
The following distinction in dress will be worn on the service dress jacket
by all officers and soldiers who have been wounded in any of the campaigns
since 4th August 1914 :-
Stripes of gold Russia braid No.1, two inches in length sewn perpendicularly
on the left forearm sleeve
of the jacket to mark each
occasion on which wounded.
In the case of officers, the lower end of the first strip of gold braid will
be immediately above the upper point of the flap on the cuff. Warrant
officers, non-commissioned officers and men will wear the gold braid on the left
forearm sleeve, the lower
edge of the braid to be three inches from the bottom of the sleeve.
Subsequent occasions on which wounded, will be placed on either side of the
original one at half inch interval.
Gold braid and sews will be obtained free on indent from the Army Ordnance
Department; the sewing on will be carried out regimentally without expense
to the public. (see photo).
It is probable that some men,
particularly Officers, wore the metal gold wound stripe as seen below, on dress
SERVICE BADGES A.I.F. ORDER
No.470, 24 January 1917
The question of the issue
of a badge to members of the AIF who have completed a certain period
of service has received consideration, and approval has been given for the
issue of a badge for long service
combined with good conduct, subject
to the following conditions.
- The badge will consist of an
inverted single chevron of service braid to be worn on the left
forearm - the point of the chevron to be
3 inches above the edge of the cuff. (see photo)
- Warrant and non-commissioned
officers and men, will be eligible for the badge, which will not carry
an increased pay or allowance.
- One chevron will be worn for each
complete year's service in the Australian Imperial Force from the date
of embarkation in Australia; but no badge will be issued to any man
who, during the 12 months, has incurred a regimental entry (i.e. an
entry involving forfeiture of pay) in his sheet. Time absent
from the unit in hospital or elsewhere on account of wounds or
sickness, not the result of misconduct, will count as service towards
earning the badge.
- A man in possession of a badge
will forfeit same on being convicted of any offence involving a
forfeiture of pay , but will be eligible to regain the badge after 6
months good conduct, from the date of forfeiture.
Pte F Palmer 42 Bn (photo above) can be seen to be wearing
wound stripe, 1 long service stripe and 2 overseas service stripes
Imperial Force Order No.1053, 4th January 1918 *(Slightly abridged) CHEVRONS
FOR OVERSEAS SERVICE (see photo)
His Majesty the King has been
graciously pleased to approve of the award of chevrons to denote service
overseas since the 4th August 1914.
|Chevrons of two colours have been
approved. The first chevron if earned on or before 31st December 1914,
will be red; if earned on or after 1st January 1915, it will be blue; and
all additional chevrons after the first will be blue.
The chevrons will be worsted
embroidery, 1/4 inch in width, the arms 1/4 inch long. They will be worn
inverted on the right forearm:
in the case of officers, the apex of the lowest chevron will be 1 inch
above the upper point of the flap on the cuff. In the case of
warrant-officers, non-commissioned officers and men, the apex of the
lowest chevron will be midway between the seams and four inches above the
bottom edge of the sleeve. The red chevron will be worn below the blue
one. They will not be worn on greatcoats.
In the case of Australians, the first
chevron was earned the date the individual left Australia. Additional
chevrons were awarded for each successive aggregate period of 12 months
service outside Australia.
overseas service stripes, blue on light khaki twill.
soldier is a Lance Corporal and wears the specialist badges of ???
soldier is wearing an unidentified badge on his left breast
From the top the badges are
- AATTV badge
- Para wings
- WO2 rank badge
|The brassard worn by Ray Simpson VC. on his
3rd tour in Viet Nam.
A brassard is a dummy sleeve top that
carries badges while in camp and can be slipped off when the NCO goes bush
so as to reduce the likelihood of him being identified as a leader.
Melbourne, Vic. 1944-03-13. Uniform
showing the red and gold wound stripes
worn on the left sleeve, the
wearing of which was authorized by the Minister for the Army.
one red stripe denotes wounds received in previous wars, irrespective of
the number. One gold stripe is worn for each occasion the wearer has been
wounded in the Second World War. (See
The "golden" wound stripe
kit. The metal stripe went to the outside of the sleeve, the backing bar
went inside and the spring pin held everything together.
mortar-man qualification badges. Issued in 3 classes, bronze, silver and
||School Cadets badge for Under Officers,
Platoon Commander. It dates from c. 1960-1973
||This Aussie is
a member of 13th Light Horse Regiment.
He is wearing the color patch of 2nd
Division Mounted Troops (red and white diamond).
He also wears the ANZAC
"A" in brass (1917 issue not the earlier cloth type).
The woven proficiency badge on his
lower sleeve means he is either a saddler or harness maker.
||Unofficial Rats of Tobruk
Badge. Available ONLY to the men who served during the siege.
Zroback, Ontario Canada
Service Police Badge on the lapel of a Women's Auxiliary
Australian Air Force (WAAAF) jacket.
for command of English ^^^
|Metal Sniper sleeve
badge. The large plate goes inside the sleeve leaving only the crown and
crossed rifles outside.
Adjutant & Quartermasters
Branch armband WW1
WWI Australian officers
tunic to the AFA with "Medically Unfit For Further Service "
badge to left shoulder.
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Australia, 1860-1993 / J.K. Cossum.