Officer's Forage Cap Badge 1881-1894

A silver castle over a gilt Sphinx. Above the castle, a green enamel scroll PRIMUS IN INDIS and below the castle MONTIS INSIGNIA CALPE. Beneath the Sphinx MARABOUT.

The castle and key, the Arms of the Fortress of Gibraltar, and the motto Montis Insignia Calpe, were conferred on the 39th Regiment and 5 other regiments that served through the defence of Gibraltar 1770-83. The 39th claimed to be the first of the King's regiments to serve in India in 1754, so adopting the motto Primus in Indis. The honour MARABOUT was earned by the 54th when they captured the fort of that name near Alexandria in Egypt in 1801.

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