Circular cloth formation sign. In good condition.
Very scarce Zululand Mounted Rifles (ZMR) collar badge, right facing, worn only c. 1904 -1913. Gilt suggests officer's issue, die struck, with two original lugs to the reverse. Circa 3.1cm tall and 3.4cm wide. Rhino above motto scroll is "Wa Tshe Tsha" and the scroll below this carries the words Zululand Mounted Rifles. Some slight wear to gilt on highpoints but a very scarce badge.
The ZMR were absorbed by the Umvoti Mounted Rifles in 1913, one of many units that disappeared after the Union of South Africa was established.
The ZMR took part in the Natal 1906 campaign, suppressing the Bambata ( Zulu ) rebellion. Despite being a very small unit (circa 90-155 men), they received five Distinguished Conduct Medals. Apparently an Intelligence section was formed out of the ZMR. The role of the ZMR in the Natal 1906 campaign (Bambata rebellion) can be read in this super account by Ken Gillings:
In stunning condition with two original loops to the reverse and maker marked JR Gaunt London. Gilt bright and with only some minor service wear to the loops. Circa 4.5cm tall. Renfrew claims circa 1920. King's crown, so certainly pre 1952.
Britain took control of this small native kingdom as a British Crown Colony in 1884 after it suffered a series of defeats against the Boers of Cape Colony. Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the United Kingdom on 4 October 1966.
Renfrew et al Vol 1 No 511 refers
Die cast white metal with original slider to reverse stamped JR Gaunt London (no dot). In excellent condition.
Renfrew et al, Vol. 1, No 692 refers.
An excellent matched pair of white metal shoulder titles with original single central lug to the reverse of each. Circa 3.1cm tall. Worn circa 1944 - 1953. The cap badge is listed separately.
Renfrew et al, Vol 1, Nos 693/694 refer.
The Special Service Battalion (SSB) is a South African military unit formed on 1 May 1933 under the patronage of Oswald Pirow, Minister of Defence. The object was to give training to youths, between the ages of 17 and 23, who, in the wake of the 1929 depression, could find no suitable employment on leaving school.
With the outbreak of war in September 1939, members of the SSB were posted to units requiring immediate reinforcement to get on to a wartime basis. In February 1943 the SSB, under Lt Col EG ('Papa') Brits, became part of the 11th SA Armoured Brigade. In March 1943 the Field Force Battalion was disbanded and other ranks and some of the officers were transferred to the SSB, thus providing a nucleus of battle-tested veterans.
The unit sailed for the Middle East with the 6th SA Armoured Division in April 1943. In 1944 the division crossed the Mediterranean Sea to take part in the Italian campaign. The regiment played a prominent part in numerous actions during the campaign.
Pair of Maritzburg Boys Model School Cadet Corps white metal collar badges, with two original lugs to each. A South African unit and worn circa 1914 to 1952. Attractive and in very good condition. Circa 3cm tall.South Africa - Pair of Maritzburg Boys Model School Cadet Corps white metal collar badges. Not facing.
A good scarce pre-1953 British South African Police one piece die cast brass example. Two original loops to the reverse. Circa 5.6cm tall and 4.5cm wide. A quality item.
SAFA / 1 / ZAVA brass shoulder title in one piece as worn by the 1st.South African Field Artillery only between 1922 - 23. In English and Afrikaans. Both original lugs in good condition but with slight twisting from service wear. Circa 3.5cm wide and 2.7cm tall. Good condition overall.
Owen No 2318 refers.
Worn circa 1910 - 1961, with two screw fittings and retaining nuts to reverse. looks like loops have been removed and contemporaneously replaced with screw fittings for wear on a pouch or belt. Strong and well struck badge, large ( 5.5cm tall and 6cm wide) and attractively styled.
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