hi men,ive just been round to my grandads and i asked him about his officer in the picture and he said his cap badge was embroidered
Hi there, Just chiming in on this thread as I found it looking for info on GG cap badges and Jimpy, my Grandad was 4th Btn also. I'm trying to obtain cap badge and replacement medals to get an arrangement framed for my Nan as Grandad passed away last year.
Hi Stacey, welcome to the forum! Sorry to hear that.
It is a really nice idea. Good luck with your project.
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First off, my condolensces on losing your grand-dad, and as Ade has said above, welcome to the forum.
You shouldnt have any problems getting a replacement set of medals, depending on what he was entitled to. I would imagine that, as your grand-dad was 4GG, then he would be entitled to the same ones as mine, France/Germany Star, Defence Medal and 39/45 Star. Depending when he joined up and if he stayed in after the battalion was disbanded in 1946/47, he may also be entitled to others. The only way to know for definate, that I know of, is to check against his medals/manning record.
If you contact the regimental association, they may be able to help you, but you will need to give them as much informaton as possible, eg full name, regimental number, rank, dates of service, battalion etc.
The appropriate cap-badge may be a different ball game though. Modern ones are fairly common, but getting hold of a WWII vintage one may be a bit harder. I was lucky, my grand-dad hung onto his when he left the army in 1947 and I still have it along with his dog-tags.
All the best in the search, it's a great idea. Feel free to drop me a line and I will help as much as I can, as, I am sure, will anyone on here
Specifically, i don't agree with any sovereign's cypher on a Grenadier Guards officer's forage cap badge. I have seen probably hundreds of photos of Grenadier officers from 1900 on, and none had anything but a gold embroiderd badge, sans cypher.
Now, the puggaree badge is totally different, but that's not the subject of this thread.
If someone has a photo of a Grenadier Guards officer wearing a forage cap, either khaki, or dark blue, with a badge with cypher, I would love to see it. Commissioned officer only; I know that WOI & WOII DO wear the badge with a cypher.