Cap badge

CCF cap badge

Alan Owen writes:

I was at Bournemouth School from 1980-88. I recently read an article on School Officer Training corps from 1938 which recorded that the school’s OTC wore a gilding metal school coat of arms badge in their caps. When I was in the CCF we wore the Royal Armoured Corps cap badge due to the linkage to Bovington camp. The Signals platoon were given the Signal cap badge in 1984 with a parade at the bottom of the sports field. Anyway I recently found an old OTC badge which I thought you might like to use in your magazine as it might jog a few memories. I have as yet been unable to date when the badge changed to the RAC so if you know I would be grateful for the date.

Does anyone have any ideas?

5 thoughts on “Cap badge

  1. It was certainly the RAC cap badge already in 1962, when I went with the CCF to the BAOR base at Fallingbostel in Germany, and rode on a tank with the Royal Armoured Corps. I don’t recall any other cap badge than that mailed fist.

  2. Many thanks as that takes the date back a further decade than I had previously found evidence for the use of the RAC badge. There was a photo in the Bournemouthian from c.1974 with cadets in some very unmilitary 1970’s haircuts and the RAC badge.

  3. I was in the CCF from 1960 to 1962 and the RAC cap badge was already in use at that time. (I still mine somewhere; I thought it was a personal issue but then I would, wouldn’t I?)

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