Belt Plate, Officers pre-1843


This design of plate was worn by officers at least as early as the 1820s. It is simply a silver 55 surrounded by a silver wreath. The wreath was used as a special device by the 55th, probably in memory of the battle of Ticonderoga in 1758. Fortunately, when they amalgamated with the 34th in 1881 they were able to keep this wreath in the badge because the 34th also had a wreath as their badge for their action at Fontenoy. The design of the 55th's belt plate changed in 1843 because of the inclusion of a more famous device, the Chinese Dragon.


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by Stephen Luscombe