Helmet Badge 1792 - 1802


The first badge of the 20th Jamaica Light Dragoons was worn by the men on their hot-climate tin helmets. The badge was also made of tin, blackened but with the design and edging raised to appear silver. It measures four inches high, four and seven eighths wide. The alligator was the badge of the Island of Jamaica. It was also used by the 99th or Jamaica Regiment (1780-84) and the Jamaica Militia. The 20th Light Dragoons returned to Britain in 1802 and they were issued with leather 'Tarleton' Light Dragoon helmets that had a different badge.


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by Stephen Luscombe