RSM Badge

Badge worn by the Regimental Sergeant Major. This badge is a Victorian example but the Elizabethan version is still worn by the RSMs of all the Guards regiments. In the latter half of the 19th century the badge, on blue cloth, was worn superimposed on four gold lace chevrons on both upper arms. By 1885 the badge was discontinued and replaced by a crown, in line with other infantry regiments, but this proved unpopular and the badge was restored in 1890. This time it was sewn directly onto the sleeve without the chevrons and worn on the right arm only. As well as the RSMs of the 5 Guards regiments the badge is worn by the Garrison Sergeant Major London District, HQ London District Superintendent Clerk. They all belong to the 'Big Badge Club'. The badge is 14cm x 16cm and has a red backing for sewing onto the dress tunic. Similar badges with blue backing are worn on the blue no.1 dress and mess dress, and a khaki backed badge, embroidered with coloured thread, is worn on combat dress.

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