A few days ago I wrote a short blog post about the River Emergency Services that operated on the Thames. Coincidentally the following badge and ID card appeared on eBay. I have yet to come across a clear photo of the circular badge that the RES volunteers wore on their ski caps pre-war and early in the war but I assume it was similar in design to the badge shown.
The Port of London Authority (PLA) coats of arms is also shown below in detail. It is described as:
"Azure (blue), issuing from a castle argent (silver), a demi-man (half man) vested, holding in the dexter (right) hand a drawn sword, and in the sinister (left) a scroll (the one representing the Tower of London, the other the figure of St Paul, the patron saint of London).
Crest: On a wreath of the colours, an ancient ship, the main sail charged with the arms of the City of London.
Supporters: On either side a sea-lion argent (silver), crined (meaning having hair), finned and tufted or, issuing from waves of the sea proper, that to the sinister (left) grasping the banner of King Edward II; that to the dexter (right) the banner of King Edward VII."
The Latin motto is "Floreat Imperii Portvs", meaning "May the Port of the Empire Flourish".
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