History and Insignia of the
British Army Ordnance Services
Compiled & Edited by Mike Comerford

Main Index

 

 

Items marked or  have changed since the last major update
Items marked
have been checked and those with are due updating

as at

April 2011

 

 

Items marked 'In Planning' can be empty pages while 'In Process' are incomplete pages

 

 

 

 

New Update started March 2011
 http://ordnance.shorturl.com/ will always find me

I have neglected this web page in favour of my computer eBook version

but have started to edit the two versions into one

 

 

 

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About this eBook - and information about its progress.

04/11

 

01

History & Arms of the Board of Ordnance

04/11

 

01a

The meaning of 'Sua Tela Tonanti' and the Large Cannon Balls!

11/04

02

St. Barbara's Garrison Church, Deepcut

10/04

 

03

Colonel-in-Chief of the RAOC

08/03

 

04

Short Introduction to the RAOC

08/03

 

05

Significant landmarks in the history of the RAOC

09/03

 

05a

History of RAOC Boys Service

03/09

 

06

Selected Reference Books on Military Insignia.

08/03

 

07

Common Insignia Abbreviations used in this Book.

08/03

 

08

Bibliography & Sources of information on RAOC history.

03/09

 

09

The Corps Badge - Summary of Badges, 1830 - 1953

12/03

 

10

Board of Ordnance & Early Ordnance Insignia.

08/03

 

10b

Other Insignia using the Board of Ordnance Arms

In Process

 

10a

Military Stores Department - Belt Buckles

12/05

 

13

Ordnance Stores Department & Branch - Badges & Helmet Plate

08/03

 

11

Ordnance Stores Department, Uniform Furniture

10/04

 

14

Ordnance Stores Corps - Badges & Helmet Plate

08/03

 

16

Army Ordnance Department & Corps - 1896 Cap Badges

08/03

 

17

Army Ordnance Department - 1896 Helmet Plate

08/03

 

17a

Army Ordnance Department - 1898 Second Pattern Helmet Plate

In Planning

 

15

Army Ordnance Department, Belts & Buckles

08/03

 

15a

AOC/RAOC 'Swagger Sticks'

In Process

 

18

Army Ordnance Corps - 1896 Helmet Plate

08/03

 

18a

Ordnance' South Africa 1889-1900 Belt & Buckle

08/04

 

19

Army Ordnance Department - 1902 Helmet Plate

08/03

 

19a

Army Ordnance Department - 1902 Helmet Plate Variant

10/04

 

20

Army Ordnance Corps - 1902 Helmet Plate

08/03

 

21

Royal Army Ordnance Corps - 1918 Cap Badges

08/03

 

22

Large Cast '1918 Pattern' RAOC Badges

10/04

 

23

RAOC '1918 Pattern' Locker or Bed Plate

08/03

23a

RAOC Boys School 'Toy Soldiers' Display Team

10/04

 

23b

Junior Leaders/Apprentice Collage 'Corps of Drums' Uniforms & Helmet Plates

11/04

 

23c

Junior Leaders /Apprentice Collage Helmet Plates

10/04

 

23d

Junior Leaders Stickmen

11/04

 

24

1986 Queens Crown RAOC Staff Band Helmet Plate

08/04

 

24a

1986 Queens Crown Apprentice Collage New Helmet & Plate

08/04

 

24a1

Junior Leaders/Apprentice Collage Helmet Plate Variants

10/04

 

24b

RAOC Staff Band - Queens Crown Gilt Officers Helmet Plate

10/04

 

25

RAOC Prototype Small Helmet Plate

08/03

 

25a

The Mounted CRAOC and Horse Brasses

09/03

 

26

Types of Fixing Ordnance Badges

08/03

 

27

Variants in Design of Ordnance Badges

08/03

 

28

Just what are Kings & Queens Crowns?

08/03

 

29

Patterns & Sizes of Ordnance Military Buttons

12/03

 

30

Patterns of Metal Shoulder Titles

06/04

 

31

Early Patterns of Cap, Collar, Button & Shoulder Titles

08/03

 

32

1896 Pattern Cap, Collar, Button & Shoulder Titles

08/03

 

32a

Examples of 1896 Pattern Variants

08/03

 

33

1918 Pattern Cap, Collar, Button & Shoulder Titles

08/05

 

33a

Examples of 1918 Pattern Variants

08/03

 

34

1947 Pattern Cap, Collar & Shoulder Titles

08/03

 

34a

Examples of 1947 Pattern Variants

08/03

 

35

1949 Pattern Ordnance Cap, Collar, Button & Shoulder Titles

08/03

 

35a

Examples of 1949 Pattern Variants

08/03

 

36

1953 'Queens Crown' Revised 1947 Pattern Insignia

08/03

 

36a

Examples of 1953 'Queens Crown' Variations

08/05

 

37

Ordnance Helmet and Hat Patches

08/03

 

37a

RAOC Hose Tops and Garter Flashes

08/04

 

38

W.W.II Arms of Service Strip & Coloured Rank Insignia

08/03

 

39

Cloth Shoulder Titles

01/05

 

39a

Further examples of RAOC Shoulder Titles

01/05

 

40

Airborne Formation Signs & DZ Flashes

01/05

 

41

Ordnance Related Formation Signs

08/04

 

41a

Further examples of RAOC Formation Signs

01/05

 

42

Army Cadet Force - RAOC Sponsored ACF Units

08/03

 

42a

D (Home Service Force) Company, 15 Bn RAOC, COD Donnington 85-88

01/05

 

42b

ATS & WRAC serving with the RAOC

In Planning

 

43

RAOC Lanyard

05/04

 

44

RAOC Stable Belts

08/04

 

44a

RAOC Cravat

In Planning

 

44b

Coloured Epaulet Slides

In Planning

 

45

RAOC Belt Buckles

08/03

 

45a

RAOC Pipe Band Insignia

08/03

 

46a

The History of Conductor of Stores and his Badge of Appointment

09/03

 

46b

WO1 (Conductor) Badges of Appointment

08/03

 

46b1

1952 'Kings Crown' Royal Arms in Wreath - Sealed Working Pattern

12/03

 

46c

The Conductors Scroll

07/03

 

46c1

Transcript of the RAOC Conductors and modified RLC Scrolls

07/03

 

46c2

Transcript of the RLC Conductors Parchment

07/03

 

47

Ordnance Conductors & Commissioned Officers Gorget Patches

09/03

 

48

Other Ordnance Ranks & Appointments

09/03

 

48b

Long Service, Overseas Service Stripes and Wound Strips

11/03

 

49

Other-Ranks Brassards &  Rank Slides

07/04

 

50

Commissioned Officers Removable Epaulets & Rank Slides

10/04

 

50a

Commissioned Officers Rank Slides Part 2

10/04

 

51

Ordnance Flags & Pennants

10/04

 

52

Metal and Cloth Trade, Qualification & Skill at Arms Badges

08/04

 

53

Radio & Wireless Specialists RAOC & REME

07/04

 

53a

Unknown Trade Badge

10/04

 

53b

Junior Leaders /Apprentice Collage Education Star's

11/04

 

53b1

Junior Leaders /Apprentice Collage Other Badges

11/04

 

53c

Badges worn by Army Apprentice Schools Aborfield & Chepstow

In Process

 

54

Ammunition Examiner RAOC

07/04

 

54a

Ammunition Inspection Staff  "Large Flaming A"  Sealed Pattern Board

In Process

 

55

Ammunition Technician RAOC & RLC

07/04

 

56

Ammunition Technicians in the TA

07/04

 

57

Felix the Cat & 321 EOD Company/Squadron, Northern Ireland.

07/04

 

58

Transfers & Stickers

01/04

 

59

Ministry of Supply (MoS) & Royal Ordnance Factories (ROF)

07/04

 

60

Hong Kong Army Depot Police (Stonecutters Island)

10/04

 

61

Ordnance Named Mainline Locomotives

10/04

 

62

Ordnance Named Army Department Locomotives

10/04

 

 

New Sections will be added as information becomes available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Areas of Collecting

 

 

 

The following are areas of collecting in their own right:

 

 

C1a

Army Ordnance Corps Postcards - Part 1

07/04

 

C1b

Army Ordnance Corps Postcards - Part 2

07/04

 

C1c

Royal Army Ordnance Corps Postcards

07/04

 

C2a

First Day Covers (Representative Sample of unit issued covers)

10/04

 

C2a1

First Days Covers issued by other Countries featuring the British Ordnance Corps

10/04

 

C2b

First Day Covers - Formation of Royal Logistic Corps featuring RAOC Badge

10/04

 

C3

Stamps 

10/04

 

C4

Cigarette & Promotional Cards

07/04

 

C4a

RAOC Match Holder & Match Boxes

In Planning

 

C5

Sweetheart & Regimental Brooch's

In Planning

 

C6

RAOC Cloth Badges & Ties

In Planning

 

C7

RAOC Plaques

In Planning

 

C8

RAOC Car Badges

In Planning

 

 

More 'Other Areas of Collecting' to follow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Royal Logistic Corps ~ Insignia Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Royal Army Ordnance Corps amalgamated with the
Royal Corps of Transport, Pioneer Corps, Army Catering
Corps and the Postal Courier Section of the Royal Engineers
on the 5th April 1993 to form the Royal Logistic Corps.

Please visit the following site to view: http://logistics.shorturl.com
(Please note this URL is also now also a re-locator - Please Bookmark)
 

 

Ongoing
Project

 

Help Wanted

Any further information on RAOC or RLC Badges & Patches
listed or not listed would be most welcomed

 

Help Wanted

 

Items Wanted

I am a collector as well as researcher, and would be interested in ANY Ordnance related item, catalogued here or not.

 

Items Wanted

 

 

e-mail me @ ordnance.corps@gmail.com

 

 

Link Page to other Web Sites of interest

Sources of information on ex-RAOC Soldiers

HTML Edition Edited by ~ M Comerford. 2002-2011


Sua Tela Tonanti