Border Regiment collar badges (forum archive)

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File alt font awesome.svg Posted by plbramham » Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:23 pm
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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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Very rare collar badge, second type issued 1888 - 1890.
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Collar badges converted into broaches

Collar badges that have been converted into brooches 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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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 is: spwoodall@hotmail.com.

Sincerely and gratefully yours,

Simon Woodall

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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! Cheers Paul

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Some info from research which I hope will help. 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. Cheers, Paul.

P.S Again no objections to you copying/printing them.