Identification Longshot/Talking Point 116

  Brumas 22:56 03 Oct 2008

Good Evening All.
This is a genuine unidentified postcard that has just come into my wife’s possession, so I am in the same boat as the rest of you.
I cannot identify the regimental badge, which I have enlarged as best I could, however I can recognise the symbol hanging from the right-hand breast pocket of the sergeant on the left and I am a little mystified as to why he is wearing it and how indeed he got away with it!!!
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  ayrmail 23:04 03 Oct 2008
  ayrmail 23:06 03 Oct 2008
  ayrmail 23:12 03 Oct 2008

The motif seems to have first been used in Neolithic India. The symbol has an ancient history in Europe, appearing on artifacts from pre-Christian European cultures. In antiquity, the swastika was used extensively by the Indo-Aryans, Persians, Hittites, Slavs, Celts and Greeks, among others. In particular, the swastika is a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Mithraism, religions with a total of more than a billion adherents worldwide, making the swastika ubiquitous in both historical and contemporary society. The symbol was introduced to Southeast Asia by Hindu kings and remains an integral part of Balinese Hinduism to this day, and it is a common sight in Indonesia. It is also used by several Native American cultures.[

  TopCat® 23:12 03 Oct 2008

The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding) - used to be their collar badge and they served in India.

The pocket badge you refer to was a symbol of good luck to the Indians, so the sergeant probably had permission to wear it inconspicuously. Just my opinion. TC.

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  Brumas 23:17 03 Oct 2008

Well Done.

  WhiteTruckMan 23:20 03 Oct 2008

Could that be Brumas's thumbprint?


  Brumas 23:22 03 Oct 2008

Well done also. I was aware of the more innocent uses of that symbol, had I known the regiment had associations with India I may have put two and two together and not gone off 'half -cocked' and there again I might not have :o))

  ayrmail 23:23 03 Oct 2008

Google, wikipedia and a new browser tool browse3d to thank.

  Brumas 23:33 03 Oct 2008

Not guilty M'Lud, It wasn't me, I was miles away from the NAAFI that day and have witnesses to back me up. You will be hearing from my vakeel in the morning.

  Brumas 23:59 03 Oct 2008

I checked the regimental website and found it very interesting. I have sent them a copy just in case they wish to include it in their archives/gallery.

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