South Africa Corps of Signals
OR Cap Badge WWII
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0089]
This is an example of a WWII South Africa Corps of Signals OR Pattern cap badge for the South African Corps of Signals Active Citizen Force (ACF) as well as the Permanent Force (PF). This badge is struck in brass and white metal.
Note: There is a red coloured woven backing to this badge. I have yet to discover the relevance of this backing.
Orange felt can often be found backing SA badges the reason was, I understand, to distinguish the wearer as South African. You can see this badge at a glance is not dissimilar to the Royal Corps of Signals badge of the time. The orange backing would make it easily distinguishable that the wearer was SA. The same practice was also applied to shoulder titles. This backing application was not solely limited to SACS but was sometimes used by other SA units during WWII.
(Note to me: Do more on backings)