A late war (possibly even a stand down photo) of an ambulance driver/attendant. Five war service chevrons to the right sleeve cuff and a St John Ambulance Association badge to the breast pocket. Of interest in the peculiar ski cap badge being worn - a large 'A'; I've not seen that before.
Interesting photo showing personnel of the Kent Mobile Reserve. I'd be interested to see the cap badge seen here. Kent is associated with the white horse (in a rampant, i.e. on hind legs, position) and this badge almost certainly includes the horse. The special shoulder title is shown below.
Drop me an email if you know more.
UPDATE: it appears the badge may be the Kent Horse with "INVICTA" scroll beneath. This was the badge of the Queen's Own West Kent Yeomanry that was amalgamated with the Royal East Kent (The Duke of Connaught's Own) Yeomanry (Mounted Rifles) to form the Kent Yeomanry in 1920. See side cap image below courtesy of Jon Mills.
Following on from a recent blog post about a Mobile Canteen Unit, Steve Taylor was kind enough to allow me to share these two badges from his collection. There are not that many county or town specific badges for canteen workers but Nottingham clearly saw the need to give volunteers a badge for when they were working. Apart from the WVS it's quite rare to see specific location badges like this.
A very rare badge is up for sale on eBay. It the amongst a small collection of badges attributed to the Legion Of Frontiersmen. The collection of badges is from Bruce Bright, a collector of military badges from the 1920s. Mr Bright was also member of the Military Historical Society.
I've only ever seen one other example of this badge.
UPDATE: I received a couple of replies to this blog. One said that Worcester Park was in the borough of Epsom & Ewell. However, another email said Worcester Park is split between the extreme north west of the London Borough of Sutton in Greater London (east of the railway line that runs through the area) and part of the Borough of Epsom and Ewell in Surrey (west of the railway). So, it's possible the below could be correct.
A peculiar-looking area title has been noted over the years. It looks suspiciously like a Civil Defence area title but has the rather esoteric "9b. S.C." on it (see below). A few collectors have come across it but there is no definitive answer to the origin.
One recently sold on eBay (amongst a collection of other mainly CD items). I asked on Facebook about this insignia and someone was kind enough to point out that the seller was also selling some paperwork belonging to a warden from Worcester Park. Worcester park is at the very north of the county of Surrey. It would appear from this map on the IWM that Worcester Park was inside the borough of Sutton & Cheam (S.C.?).
Lastly, Sutton & Cheam are part of Group 9 of the organisation of Civil Defence in London. Additionally, it is part of the sub-group of Group 9.
Lots of supposition but possibly an answer (or complete billhooks). However, why on earth did they go for such an esoteric name in the first place?
Thanks to Nicholas Mayweather for the steer.
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