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Hello all.

Can anyone post images of the following trade badges (if they actually existed)

Artificer.

Armourer.

Cook

Steward

Clerk

Electritian (or equivilant of....)

driver

Mechanic

storeman

Or else a good link showing pictures of the above.

Another thing, did officers wear any sort of trade badge in any circimstance? (apart from cap badges.)

Cheers in advance

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Hello all.

Can anyone post images of the following trade badges (if they actually existed)

Artificer.

Armourer.

Cook

Steward

Clerk

Electritian (or equivilant of....)

driver

Mechanic

storeman

Or else a good link showing pictures of the above.

Another thing, did officers wear any sort of trade badge in any circimstance? (apart from cap badges.)

Cheers in advance

This link has the best collection of trade and qualifications badges that I have ever been able to find: http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-badges...adges-index.htm

It is from the excellent Digger History site which covers the ANZACs and CEF as well as British Forces.

Officers did/do not wear trade badges but are allowed some qualification badges such a pilots and parachutist wings and emblems indicating expertise in bomb disposal.

Artificer = crossed hammer and tongs.

Armourer = crossed hammer and tongs.

Cook = letter B/C within a laurel wreath (varied according to date).

Steward = letter B (?) within a laurel wreath

Clerk = letter B (?) within a laurel wreath.

Electritian (or equivilant of....) = letter B (?) within a laurel wreath.

driver = various over the years but most commonly a 5 pointed star.

Mechanic = letter B/C within a laurel wreath .

storeman = letter B within a laurel wreath

The above are all just from memory and open to error, plus the letters in wreath did not appear until long after WW1. Member Grumpy should be able to confirm from his records.

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Careful!

The B and C in wreaths (for 'B' Class and 'C' Class tradesmen - the sans-serif C in wreath for a cook was a WW2 ATS badge) are post-WW1 creations and were not worn in this period.

Again, we're in Grumpy's territory.

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Careful!

The B and C in wreaths (for 'B' Class and 'C' Class tradesmen - the sans-serif C in wreath for a cook was a WW2 ATS badge) are post-WW1 creations and were not worn in this period.

Again, we're in Grumpy's territory.

Yes, as I said -open to error. However the C in wreath was first used for ATS - agreed - but later it was re-introduced as part of the A, B, C, (and later D) trade series. All now discontinued. The query above did not stipulate a date or make reference to WW1 in his query. And finally of course..... no subject is anyone's exclusive 'territory' on this forum.

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Here is a chart of badges that did exist in WW1.

Afternote: Unfortunately the file appears to be too large.

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...Member Grumpy should be able to confirm from his records.

Even better than that {to quote some 90s TV show...} accquaint yourself with a copy of his excellent tome which has hundreds of these & proficiency etc badges described & illustrated~possibly your local library could obtain a copy for your perusal???

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Grumpy will never forgive you - Proficiency Badges please. And the Edwards and Langley tome is the one to get hold of.

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