Engraving Regimental Badges

The intricate job of carving regimental badges was a mammoth task that provided an important stumbling block to the plans of the Commission. It was reckoned that a skilled artisan would need a week to do justice to the average regimental crest. Even if there were enough skilled craftsmen, which there weren't, it would have meant that the process of laying out the graveyards would have taken decades to complete. As it was, a firm in Lancashire designed a machine that could etch the details of badges onto the headstone and thus speed the whole process up.

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