South Africa Defence Force
Natal Command Signal Unit 1975 - 1994
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0014]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0013]
Beret Command Button Badge
Natal Command Signal Unit button badge was approved in 1986. This badge fits the design card description of two black wildebeest on a silver background. It is a black enamel design on a white metal background.
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0290]
The Natal Command and Signal Unit was established on 8th August 1975.
The unit lineage goes back to 1890 and the Natal Volunteer Brigade. From where in 1903 the Natal Telegraph Company was established the Company was disbanded 22nd April 1924. The year before, on 9th November 1923, the SACS established a Brigade Signal Section in Natal. The Brigade Signal Section was re-designated to Brigade Signal Company in 1938. In 1941 the Brigade Signal Company became 6 Fortress Command Signal Company Durban. In August 1943 it was re-designated No.22 Fortress Signal Company and a part time No.26 Fortress Signal Company. On 12 July both were re-designated as No.22 and No.26 Natal Command Signal Company’s. On 1st January 1948 re-designated 1 Armoured Division Signal Company. In 1952 re-designated Natal Command Signal Company. Re-designated Natal Command Signal Squadron in 1961. On 1st September 1971 re-designated 103 Signal Squadron and on 8th August re-designated Natal Command Signal unit.
This is an example of a pair of Northern Cape Command Signal Unit flashes. They are a metal based badge faced in coloured epoxy resin, secured by three stick pins.
Note: Many formations have left and right handed badges and some have the colour sequence also handed as the Natal Command Signal Unit has.
The Natal Command Signal Unit insignia has two charging wildebeest on a shield of the Signal Corps colours of Green, light Blue and Dark Blue. The wildebeest are drawn from the Natal Province coat of arms.
Pocket or Breast badge
Breast or Pocket badge is a size reduced shield of the same construction and design as the larger shoulder flash. It is secured by two stick pins to a leather or vinyl fob and is buttoned on to the breast pocket.
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