Border Regiment badges – collar badges

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Border Regiment badges – collar badges

Postby plbramham » Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:23 pm

There are a wide range and variety of Border Regiment badges. These are just selection of types I have been able to photograph.
Collar badges came in pairs with the dragons facing left and right, depending on which side of the neck the badge was to be worn, i.e. the dragon’s head was facing towards the throat. Collar badges are often found converted into sweetheart broaches/lapel badges with the rear lugs replaced with a pin fastening.
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0001 collar officers.jpg
Officer’s silvered collar badges with white and red enamelling.
0001 collar standard.jpg
Collar badges 1902 onwards
0001 collar vic 11 hons.jpg
Victorian collar badges, only 11 battle honours before Boer War was added
0001collar vol.jpg
Volunteer Btn/ militia collar badges – no battle honours
0001 collar vic militia.jpg
Victorian militia/volunteers collar badge – no “China” battle honour. This type also existed with the "CHINA" worn by regular soldiers
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Re: Border Regiment badges – collar badges

Postby plbramham » Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:03 am

Very rare collar badge, second type issued 1888 - 1890
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Rare 1888-1890 type badge
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Collar badges converted to broaches

Postby plbramham » Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:03 pm

Collar badges converted into broaches with a pin fitting and coated with a gold wash. The photo clearly shows the different battle honours on the Boer War period type (left with 11 honours) and a WW1 period type (13 honours). Item belonged to:
CSM THORPE, George Frederick no. 6080, entitled to QSA, KSA, WW1 trio, silver wound badge, and LSGC.
Born 1880 Chadcote, Warwickshire. Enlisted 1899. Served in 1st Border in South Africa during Boer War. A CSM at Wellington Barracks, India in 1910 (where he is mentioned in "Glory is no Compensation). In 1911 census he was at 1st Border HQ, Sale Barracks, Rangoon, Burma. Also in 1911 at Rangoon aged 31, he married a woman by the surname of "Powell", (no Christian name or indication if she was a spinster or a widow). CSM with B Coy 1st Border at Gallipoli. Wounded June 1915. Received LSGC April 1918. Discharged October 1920. A member of the regimental association.
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CSM Thorpe 1910, perhaps wearing one of these very collar badges?
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Re: Border Regiment badges – collar badges

Postby Belairsi » Thu May 07, 2015 7:01 am

Dear Sir

My name is Simon Woodall and have read your article with great interest as CSM George Frederick Thorpe was my mothers father, my grandfather. I was born after his passing so never knew him and it is only recently that my brother and I have learned more about him since the passing of our father and subsequent sorting of old family photos and memories recalled by our mother who is fast approaching her 90th birthday.

Of particular interest are the collar badges as they were indeed converted and one each gifted to our mother and auntie but sadly have been missing since circa 1957, I think. Any information about the current location of the badges and our grandfather would be very gratefully received as I should dearly love to be able for our mum to see them once again and indeed to learn more of our grandfathers military history.

My contact details are tel: 07790926099 and email: spwoodall@hotmail.com.

Sincerely and gratefully yours,

Simon Woodall
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Re: Border Regiment badges – collar badges

Postby plbramham » Fri May 08, 2015 7:07 pm

Afraid I have no knowledge of their current location. ( a late friend of mine was the last owner in the Cumbria area, don't know where they went to) Maybe give a print of them from this site ( I have no objection to you copying the image). If you don't know - I'm sure you do, click on the image then RIGHT click and "save as picture", then print it. He does appear in one of the Border Regiment books on a group photo - I think "Glory Is No Compensation"
I do have some documentation for him which I will scan and attach, better do it on a slightly later posting before the "expiry time" for this entry ends.
Watch this space!
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Re: Border Regiment badges – collar badges

Postby plbramham » Fri May 08, 2015 7:28 pm

Some info from research which I hope will help.
Hope the info helps,
Again, I am sure you know but LEFT click on the image to enlarge it just for reading, or then RIGHT click to " save as picture" or print C heers Paul
P.S Again no objections to you copying/printing them.
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