A rare antique from Great Britain! This is a vintage Herefordshire Regiment Brooch Badge Pin in exceptional condition.
The Herefordshire Light Infantry and its predecessors, The Herefordshire Rifle Volunteers and The Herefordshire Regiment. This brass badge pin circa dates from 1914-1918.
It is the 107 year story of a Volunteer Regiment from a small English County. It is a success story. A story of bravery, determination, and devotion to duty, of sadness of comrades lost, but also that of a job well done. It is a tale that ought to be known more widely.
In the first World War in August 1914, the 1st Battalion was mobilized as part of 158 Brigade in 53rd (Welsh) Division. It was later re-numbered as 1st/1st Battalion, as two other line battalions were raised during the war, 2nd/1st, and 3rd/1st. Neither saw active service and were eventually absorbed into 4th (Reserve) Battalion KSLI.
In 1915, 53rd Division was dispatched to join the Gallipoli campaign, and on 9th August, the Battalion landed at Suvla Bay and was immediately involved in the fighting. In spite of the appalling conditions and poor leadership from the higher command, the Battalion greatly distinguished itself. In his dispatches, the Commander-in-Chief, General Sir Ian Hamilton reported the following:
“Some of the units which took part in this engagement acquitted themselves very bravely. The Divisional Commander speaks with appreciation of one freshly landed battalion of 53rd Division, a Hereford battalion, presumably 1st/1st Herefordshire which attacked with impetuosity and courage between Hetman Chair and Kaslar Chair, above Azmak Dere on the extreme right of the line.”
Size: Width 1.50 x Height 1.25" x Depth .30"
Weight: 2 ounces
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