Rank and Trade Badges

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And there will be numerous mistakes!


  • Acting Sergeant-Major
  • Colour Sergeant (Tunic order and service dress)
  • Colour Sergeant Instructor
  • Quartermaster Sergeant
  • Signalling Sergeant
  • Pioneer Sergeant
  • Gymnastic Sergeant
  • Armourer Sergeant
  • Sergeant Bugler
  • Scout
  • Band

Acting Sergeant-Major


Acting Sergeant-Major John Shepherd wearing service dress (1908-09)

(The Acting Sergeant Major was unique to the VBs and TF until it was abolished in 1915 and Warrant Officers permitted. He was an (ex-Regular) Colour Sergeant Instructor appointed by the CO and wore the unique badge of rank of 4 inverted chevrons with large crown above – thanks to FROGSMILE of GWF for invaluable information)

Colour SergeantCol Sergt Hall

Colour Sergeant Elijah John Hall who lived at 11 Beetwell Street in Chesterfield and was an antique furniture dealer by profession. In the left photograph (1909) he is in Tunic Order and wearing on his right sleeve only, the bullion & silk three chevrons with crossed Union Flags and Crown above. In the right photograph (1911) he is in service dress with worsted three chevrons and a crown above (worn on both sleeves).

Colour Sergt

On the left is Bill Patrick, Colour Sergeant for “H” Company the 5th Battalion. On the right is a Colour Sergeant serving with the 8th Battalion (possibly serving with “E” (Carlton) Company). He also has an Imperial Service Badge on his sash, three Efficiency Stars and a Territorial Force Efficiency Medal.

397 Muir

Colour Sergeant Muir serving with “B” (Chapel-en-le-Frith) Company, 6th Battalion (c1908).

Note that the crown above the three chevrons is much smaller than the men in the pictures either above or below. Could the larger Crown indicate that the these men are part of the Headquarters Company?

colour sergeant

2nd Volunteer Battalion (Grantham) the Lincolnshire Regiment taken in a YMCA tent (c1903-1906). The Sergeant is wearing the Senior NCO Proficiency Star above the chevrons and crown denoting Colour-Sergeant. He also has MusketryMarksman crossed rifles (on left sleeve only) and five efficiency stars (on right sleeve only).

1910 Sergeant best shot

Colour Sergeant of the 5th Battalion (1910) also wears the crossed rifles and crown of best shot in his unit.Harrison shoulder

Colour Sergeant J Harrisone-company.jpg

2nd Volunteer Battalion Sherwood Foresters (1907). Two Sergeants and a Colour Sergeant all with Proficiency Stars.2VB 1907

Colour Sergeant Instructor

TF Regulations 1912:-
3.Permanent Staff - Para 505
 Chevrons and badges will be worn as under, and will be of the pattern worn in the unit.
Colour Sgt Instructor - Three bar chevrons and crossed rifles and crown on right arm above elbow.(parade dress)
Sergeant Instructor - Three bar chevrons and crossed rifles on right arm above the elbow (parade dress)
Crossed rifles will not be worn unless the instructor is in possession of a Schoolof Musketry Certificate.
With service dress, badges and chevrons will be worn on both arms.

WL JacksonJackson

Colour Sergeant Instructor William Lewis Jackson attached to “B” (Chapel-en-le-Frith) Company, 6th Battalion (1909)

Col Sergt Instr

Colour Sergeant Instructor attached to “H” (Southwell) Company of the 8th Battalion (1908).Sergeant

Harry Wall of “F” (Matlock) Company the 2nd Volunteer Battalion Notts & Derby (1907).

Regimental Quartermaster SergeantFarnsworth

Quartermaster Sergeant John Farnsworth

(four inverted chevrons and 8 point star above)

Signalling Sergeant

Sig Sergt Hyde

91 Signalling Sergeant Joseph Hydes (1911) attached to A Company, 6th Battalion.

91 Hyde CertificateSignaller Corporal

Corporal Signaller of the 6th Battalion (c1911).

Pioneer SergeantPioneer Sergeant

306 Pioneer Sergeant John Beard (1908-1909).Pioneer

Pioneer Private of the 6th Battalion (c1913) with 7 Proficiency Stars, Imperial Service Badge and what ribbon?

Gymnastic Sergeantsergeant2-6th Sergeant

Armourer SergeantArmourer Sergeant

283 William Fidler of H Company (1909) with Volunteer Long Service Medal

Sergeant Bugler146 Bramwell

Sergeat Bugler William Bramwell of A Company, 6th Battalion (1911).

ScoutScout badgeScout small

BandBandsmen Large

Bandsmen (musician)Band badgeBandsman (musician)
Band Bugle

Bandsman (musician)Bandsman

Corps of DrummersClewes 1912drummers

lincs drummerOverseas Chevrons

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