The Worcestershire Regiment green diamond hat and helmet patch, from 1900 to 2020. The use of distinctive flashes worn on helmets and hats is generally considered a practice associated with the Second World War, however it is an occurrence that dates back to before the First World War and which still continues among certain regiments. Without conducting an in-depth study it is unclear as to when precisely the use of such patches first began, but we do know that a square helmet patch with metal Worcestershire slide was worn on the left side of those helmets used by the Worcestershire Regiment during the Second Boer War, around 1900.
A look at Worcestershire Regiment green. Although dress regulations for regiments are usually quite specific in regards to colours used by a certain regiment, in practise colours could vary. This was due to a number of reasons, such as the outfitters or the fact that a flash or patch was theatre applied by the soldier. Below is a chart giving a selection of various shades of green known to have been used by the Worcestershire during World War II and before. The colours have taken from Slouch hats and FS caps.
The Mercian Brigade and the Mercian Regiment badge comparision. At first glance these two cap badges may appear identical, displaying the double headed Saxon eagle surmounted by a Saxon crown, and it is not surprising really considering that the latter is a re-design of the former. Both cap badges are made from bi-metal and display gilded metal detail over the white metal, however, look closer and you can see some details that set them apart, making identification rather less daunting.
Read more on the "proposed new" Mercian Regiment badge in this article from The Telegraph, from 2005.
The Mercian Brigade badge (1959 - 1968):
Bi-metal with gilded metal detail.
The eagle appears compact.
Gilded metal crown.
Short Saxon crown.
Detailed neck feathers.
The eagle's beak is touching the wings.
The wings are spread up high and end in-line with the crown.
Short distance between the wings and legs.
Flared tail feathers.
The Mercian Regiment badge (2007 -):
The eagle appears tall.
Gilt crown, head feathers, beak and talons.
Tall Saxon crown.
Lack of detailed neck feathers.
The eagle's beak is not touching the wings.
The wings are short and do not rise above the crown's band.
Long distance between the wings and legs.
Short compact tail feathers.
The Worcestershire Home Guard during the Second World War. Below you will find a list of battalions, together with the towns that they served, which made up the Worcestershire Home Guard.