BACKGROUND: Every infantry or armored regiment had its own insignia. The Black Watch was founded January 31 1862 as the 5th Battalion Volunteer Militia Rifles in response to the growing American military might during the American Civil War. Six Montreal Scottish chieftains responded to the governments call by each raising an infantry company for the 5th Battalion. Eventually a total of eight companies were raised. It has the distinction of being the first Canadian unit to be allied with their Parent regiment in Scotland. Of note: All members of the Regiment wore the Red Hackle in their bonnets during its early days but the Canadian units of the Black Watch did not wear the Red Hackle during the First World War because of its legend as a battle honor. So impressed was the commander of the Imperial Black Watch of the gallantry of the Black Watch in the Battle of Vimy Ridge an order was given to allow the Canadian regiment to wear the red hackle in the bonnet in place of the cap badge. There are only two regiments in the Commonwealth that wear a battle honor in place of the cap badge, that being the Canadian Black Watch and the Imperial Black Watch. The cap badge was only worn on the Glengarry.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A stamped brass badge that takes on the figure of St. Andrew and Cross standing on a mount. To the reverse are two lugs through which there is no cotter pin. The reverse is a true representation of its front. It stands approximately 3.5cm x 2cm.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $21.00

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