Irish Regiments Of The British Army

Irish Regiments Of The British Army



Cap Badges

36th Ulster Division

16th Irish Division

The Orange Order in WW1

WW1 Collection

Ulster Defence Regiment

Those Who Served









Welcome to this web site of Irish regiments of the British Army. I would like to dedicate this site to the men and women who bravely and with great sacrifice served the British and Commonwealth forces as well as their allies during the two great wars. It is also dedicated to those who have served and are serving today in other conflicts throughout the world. It is through their great sacrifices that we have the freedoms that we have in our country today.

This site has been started to assist those who are interested in collecting military cap badges of the Irish regiments of the British Army as well as to serve as an information site for those who are just interested
in learning a little bit about these great regiments. The information supplied about each badge and regiment is correct to the best of my knowledge which is limited as I'm still fairly new to badge collecting myself and the study of these regiments. As the pictures of these badges where taken by myself of the badges from my own collection, please feel free to copy and save them for your own use. I hope you find this web site to be of interest and useful in aiding you in your collecting of these fine badges of even finer regiments.

Many of the badge photos on this site may at first glance appear to be repeated. But with a closer look differences can be seen. Most obvious will be the crown of those badges that have them. The crown can be used to determine what era the badge is from. Badges  with the Queen Victoria crown were produced pre-1901. Those with the Tudor Crown (often called the King's Crown) are from 1902 until 1937.  The Imperial (State) Crown was then used until 1952. The St Edward's Crown which is more often called the Queen's Crown represents the era post 1952. Another difference is the material used for these badges. This may be a bit harder to see in the photos than if you had the badge in hand. Badges were produced using brass, white metal or a combination of the two as well as anodised aluminum. Often badges normally produced using a combination of brass and white metal, refered to as bi-metal, were produced during WWI using only one metal and are referred to as "economy issue". Brass was most often the metal used for this but white metal was also used. This was due to a shortage in metals as well as manpower. During WW2 this shortage  resulted in economy issue badges being produced using a plastic known as bakelit. These are very rare and not included on this site at this time. You can view these badges by clicking on the links in the menu to the left of this page. You can also click on the UDR badge at the top of this page to view cap badges or click on the Connaught Rangers badge below to view glengarry badges. Information will be added to this site from time to time so please check back often for more updates and please feel free to sign my guestbook. If you have any questions regarding badge collecting please feel free to contact me HERE. I will do my best to answer any questions.

Several more badges have now been added so if you haven't visited recently please have a look. More badges will be added soon and better quality glengarry badge pictures will replace those already listed so please check back again.

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