User talk:Richard Harvey

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Mr. Harvey: We have in our possession a uniform from "The Duke of Wellington" with a cap badge of "The West Riding". It also has two lapel badges showing elephants carrying a riding basket or saddle. It also has a patch sewn on the left sleeve that depicts a flower with branches coming out of both side with leaves. On the right sleeve is a trianglar patch which is white against a red background.. Inside the coat is a label entitled "Battledress Blouse 1949 Pattern"; size 6, Height 5'5" to 5'6", Breast 38 to 39; WQaist 33" to 34" by H. Edgard & Sons Ltd, 1953.

Do you have any history on this garment?

capitalguru3@frontier.com

  • Hi, The 'Battle dress' uniform was the standard British uniform through world war two and in use until the late 60s, I wore one in 1969 :).
    DWR Cap Badge Brass.jpg
    The cap badge is that of the Duke of Wellington's regiment (West Riding). These used to be brass, whilst later designs were of two colour anodised metal, ie: the lion in silver and the wording 'The West Riding' in gold.
    DWR 76th Badge (RLH).jpg
    The lapel badge depicts an Indian elephant on which sits a 'Houdah (Howdah)'. The design is taken from the 76th Regiment of Foot Colours. The insignia was awarded to the 76th regiment as an honour for distinguished service in India by King George III. The 76th regiment took part in a number of battles of the Second Anglo-Maratha War, including the Battle of Ally Ghur, and the capture of Delhi and Agra, as well as the Battle of Leswaree. The 76th regiment became the 2nd battalion of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment in 1881. The 1st and 2nd Battalions merged into a single battalion in 1948. As the uniform has the manufacturing date of 1953 it was obviously used after then. There were some regimental Territorial Army units in existence at that time, as well as various Army Cadet units. To be able to trace the uniform further, via the arm badges, I would need to see a photo of them: You mention a cap badge. what type of cap was it worn with, IE a side cap, a beret or a khaki forage cap. The triangle is almost certainly a divisional sign. The other may be a brigade sign or a regimental badge denoting specific military skills or qualifications. If you look in the box to the left of this page you will see an e-mail address link for me. Send me some photo's of the various badges and I will see what I can find out. Richard Harvey (talk) 11:11, 19 March 2012 (UTC)