Worcestershire VTC The WW1 Home Guard
Marksmanship badge. Awarded for scores of 95% Deliberate and 90% Rapid fire. First Class Shot badge similar but without the 'M'.
General Service cap badge. Replaced regimental VTC cap badges from October 1916, as part of the new official recognition of the VTC. Then used concurrently with both the the Volunteer Regiment badge and Worcestershire Regiment badge in 1918
Worcestershire Volunteer Regiment badge designed and authorised in May 1915. Used both as a lapel badge and as a cap badge by the Volunteer Regiment in 1915-16 and, from 1918, the re-designated Volunteer Battalions of the Worcestershire Regiment. Originals made by J. R. Gaunt but has been widely faked.
Proficiency badge of Central Association, Volunteer Training Corps. Design registered and patented early 1915. Badge designed by Joseph Solomon, Royal Academy and made by Fattorini & Sons Bradford. Provided in two versions:
horseshoe saped fitting for insertion into a civilian lapel.
pin fitting for use on tunic (above right breat) or civilian lapel.
1st pattern armband. Red woollen fabric with black GR (George Rex). Its design and use was strictly controlled. Each one is named and numbered on the reverse.
2nd pattern armband. Khaki woolen fabric with red GR (George Rex) and Crown. Based on the Derby Scheme armband. Use of khaki reflects a gradual acceptance of the VTC by the Army Council as it becomes the Volunteere Force in 1916.
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Badges not Illustrated:
Worcestershire VTC pear tree cap badge
Dudley VTC lapel badge
King's Norton VTC lapel badge
Stourbtidge VTC lapel badge
Any information on these badges gratefully received.
Motor Volunteers Corps cap badge. Motor units were established by the VTC from 1915 and became a distinct branch in 1916, finally recognised by the War Office in 1917. In July 1918 the MVC became oart of the ASC and was re-titled ASC Mechanical Transport (Volunteers), with a unit in Worcester. This was the last part of the VTC to be disbanded.
Worcestershire Regiment cap badge. Permission was granted for this to be worn by the Worcestershire Volunteer Force in February 1918. Issued to members of the Special Service company who served on the East Coast in 1918. Some photographs therefore show V badge, GS badge and the Worcs Regt badge all being worn simultaneously by the same battalion.
Woven shoulder slide for the 1918 volunteer battalions of the Worcestershire regiment. Prior to this, some photographs show brass VTC shoulder titles in use, including a DVTC shoulder title for Dudley.
Cap badge of the Women's Volunteer Reserve with the motto 'Efficiency is Strength'.
Shoulder title of the Women's Volunteer Reserve .