South Africa Corps of Signals
Officer's 2nd Pattern Cap Badge 1923 to 1961
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0202]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0196]
This is an example of the South Africa Corps of Signals Officer's 2nd Pattern cap badge for the South African Corps of Signals Active Citizen Force (ACF) as well as the Permanent Force (PF). This badge is made with silver plate and gilt and as was typical for the period for officer’s pattern badges.
Note: Unlike most countries of the Commonwealth that changed the crown atop of their badges from a Tudor Crown to the St. Edward Crown in 1954. The South African Corps of Signals continued to use the same cap badge with the Tudor Crown until they became a Republic in 1961.
Below is an excerpt from Chris Walker’s website which explains the reason why:
In my original write up for this cap badge I stated I had no idea why the Tudor Crown was not changed in 1954 to the St. Edwards Crown like other Commonwealth Countries did. I have now been advised by Major Brian Austin (Ex SACS from 1963 to 1984) that the reason for this was as follows. "South Africa after 1948 had a Nationalist Government with decidedly Anti-British views. Many of these leaders had been interned during WWII. Therefore there was no enthusiasm for the British trappings on regimental badges etc., and in fact moves were already afoot under F.C. Erasmus, the then Minister of Defence, to remove the crown and so on altogether." This of course did happen when the country became a Republic in 1961, after the referendum of 1960.
Left: A gilt and silver set of Officer's Cap and Collars 2nd Pattern.