Help identifying WWII formation signs and shoulder insignia
Looking for some help identifying a couple of remaining patches in this picture....specifically the following:
NEAR S. SASK PATCH:
1) red background, black bugle with flower
2) yellow lion with red background
3) blue and white triangles
4) blue and yellow with half white stars
5) blue bird flying (near above patch)
6) confirmation that the blue lions with crest are RNZAF
7) all three tartans
8) red background with sword, wreath, and E M initials
9) green and white crest with stars
11-09-2014 07:20 PM
Hi Corrine, welcome to the forum.
In no particular order here is my best shot at these!
No4 Is one of the Southern Command (British Army) variants which were all a representation of the Southern Cross using colours of the relevant arm of service. This one is RASC (Royal Army Service Corps)
No9 Therefore is similar but I am afraid I can't recognise the colours.
No2 The yellow lion on a red background is almost certainly Scottish but missing the black centre horizontal has me foxed. Maybe a garrison within a command rather than an actual formation/unit?
No1 The stringed bugle is certainly a light infantry device so this is likely a particular unit rather than a formation but the pic is not clear enough to see what the device actually is.
No5 The blue flying bird is a Royal Air Force shoulder flash worn by other ranks to this day but it does not denote a unit.
No8 The sword, wreath and EM I do not recognise and think it is not typical of British styles of formation signs.
No3 The blue and white triangles is actually a white cross of St Andrew (The Saltire) on a blue background. This is the divisional sign of 52nd Lowland Division and should have the tab "Mountain" in white on blue beneath it.
I hope this helps
The number 3 is the one above and to the right of the lowland patch, which is signals.
The grenade shaped tartan flash is black watch, though I don't have much info on these.
its just an opinion.
Are you sure that is not Royal Scots Fusiliers?
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The bomb shaped one I mean.
The tartan in the bottom right corner is of the Cameron Highlanders I believe.