Insignia of the Westminster Rifles

Originally formed after the French invasion scare of 1859, the Queen’s Westminster Rifles were an infantry regiment in the British Army for the next 101 years.  It served with distinction in both wars playing a part in both the Battle of the Somme and El Alamein.

Seen here are two RB (Rifle Brigade) patches, the dark green one being worn on the side of the tropical Sikh headgear, the pugri, while the khaki one was stitched on the shoulder. KRR denotes the King’s Royal Rifles while the red hand is from an ulster formation. The beautiful silver detailing of the George and dragon scene is taken from the front of a WWI officer’s cap. 

Military patches and insignia have always had their devotees but this branch of militaria is becoming ever more popular.  Start your own collection or enhance an existing one this Saturday at Charing Cross Collectors Market.

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