Royal Logistic Corps
Badge Identification Project
7 Transport Regiment
Eagle ~ Mess Dress Embellishment
7 Tank Transporter Regiment RCT had been located in Sennelager since the end of the Second World War. On formation, 16 Tank Transporter Squadron remained with the newly named 7 Transport Regiment RLC, bringing with it some of the Regiments Polish history. The Squadron was a British Mixed Services Organisation (MSO), previously made up of ex Polish POWs who were unable or unwilling to return to their native Poland due to Russian occupation. In 1987 the last of the Polish MSOs retired with great honour, many had spent over 40 years of loyal service with the Regiment. 16 Tank Transporter Squadron carried a Black Painted Polish Eagle on the doors of its Transporters, and Senior Ranks and Officers of the Squadron wore a small 11x11mm on their Mess Dress lapel. A custom now carried forward to the whole of 7 Transport Regiment RLC.
Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment
Crossed Kukris ~ Mess Dress Embellishment
Both Gurkha and British Officers & Senior Ranks in the 'Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment' wear the same Mess Dress as the RLC, but with Black QOGLR Buttons on the shoulder epaulets/twists, and a small Silver Crossed Kukris badge on the left arm.
Other embellishments within the 'Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment' include the wearing of Black 'Light Infantry' Cross Belt by both Gurkha and British Officers with the Gurkha brimmed hat with QOGLR Cap Badge when in Service Dress, and wearing of the QOGLR Collar Badge by All Officers with the Beret, plus wearing the Gurkha TRF in No8 (Combat) Dress.
224 (Pembroke Yeomanry) Transport Squadron (V)
of 157 (Wales and Midlands) Logistic Support Regiment (V)
Yeomanry ' Fishguard'
Collar Badges for No2 & Mess Dress
By 1797 only Britain and Portugal stood against the French. When a small French force landed in South Wales, it was rounded up by a local volunteer force, the Pembroke Yeomanry. This engagement is commemorated by the only battle honour awarded for action against a foreign enemy on the British mainland. Bestowed on the Pembroke Yeomanry by Queen Victoria in 1853, the inscription 'Fishguard' was later worn on the collar badges of 'A' (Pembroke Yeomanry) Troop, 224 (West Wales) Squadron, Royal Corps of Transport, the successors of that original Yeomanry. This Battle Honour is now worn by the whole of 224 (Pembroke Yeomanry) Transport Squadron (V) For the history of the Pembroke Yeomanry see: http://www.regiments.org/milhist/uk/cav-yeo/welsh/pembroke.htm
158 (Royal Anglian) Transport Regiment (V)
Minden Patch for No2 Dress, Mess Dress
and No8 & 9 (Combat) Dress
The Suffolk Regiment was raised in 1685. Its Battle Honour MINDEN was awarded for the battle in Germany in 1759 during the Seven Years War. Soldiers of the Regiment plucked flowering roses to adorn their uniforms before taking part in the battle against the French. MINDEN has been adopted as the Regimental Battle Honour of The 1st Battalion and 5th Volunteer Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment together with the custom of wearing red and yellow roses on 1st August. The 'Minden Patch' is a representation of that honour. The remnants 5th Volunteer Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment became 158 (Royal Anglian) Transport Regiment (V) in April 1996 and were permitted to retain the 'Minden Patch' and the wearing of the Royal Anglian Brown Beret.
The RLC is a all beret corps below the rank of Warrant Officer Class II. Officers, Warrant Officers and Soldiers attached to other formations wear the relevant headdress applicable to that formation. The following are the main colours of berets worn by the corps, but is by no means all of them: (All berets are worn with RLC Metal Corps Badge or Bullion Badge by Officers, unless otherwise stated)
|Navy Blue||General Service Beret worn by majority of RLC
Also worn with
'Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment'
Cap Badge by RLC assigned personnel.
(Or Collar Badge by assigned officers)
|Commando Green||Commando Units|
|Black||Units Assigned to Armoured Corps Formations|
|Light Blue with Navy Blue Felt Badge Backing||RLC Aviation Units and attached to Army Air Corps
(Seconded Army Pilots wear the AAC Cap Badge)
|Sand with Black Felt Backing||RLC personnel attached to 21 or 22 SAS
(Seconded 'trained' personnel wear the SAS Badge)
|Brown with Red Felt Badge Backing||158 (Royal Anglian) Transport Regiment (V)|
|UN Blue with UN Enamel or Bullion Badge||Assigned to UN Duties (Worn with UN Armbadge)|
Tartan Beret & Bonnet Backings
A further type of badge backing used by
Scottish units is the Tartan badge backing.
This is a section (as illustrated) of the approved unit tartan.
Main known examples are illustrated below:
|The Scottish Transport Regiment RLC (V)
which is the Red McDuff Tartan worn on a Navy Blue Beret.
|125 (Glasgow) Ration Squadron RLC (V), Scottish
Transport Regiment RLC (V)
which is the Lamont Tartan worn on a Navy Blue Beret
|225 (Highland) Field Ambulance RAMC/RLC (V) *
which is the Red Robertson Tartan worn on an Atholl Bonnet
Mainly RLC Stores Platoons/Sections & RLC Chefs wear a wider range of headdress and badge backings colours to those illustrated
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