The badge of the Worcestershire Regiment from 1881
Men of the Worcestershire Regiment in 1897: note the star on the soldier’s ‘valise’ or backpack.
The regimental badge of the 29th Regiment of Foot until 1881
The Star of the regimental badge is that from the Order of the Garter, and was used by Colonel Farrington, founder of the 29th Regiment of Foot. He had been an officer in the Coldstream Guards, and kept the Star for his new Regiment. As a result, the 29th were nicknamed ‘Guards of the Line’.
The number of the regiment in written in the centre of the star in Roman numerals. The lion above it may be copied from the Royal Crest. It is believed that it was presented to the 29th when they were on duty at Windsor in 1791.
The 36th (Herefordshire) Regiment also used a star in their badge, which bore their motto ‘Firm’. It was worn from the 1770s at least, although the origin is unknown, and became official in 1810.
The Regiment also used to use the Naval pattern of crown on their badges to commemorate their service with the Fleet at the Glorious First of June in 1794. This link to their maritime service is also remembered in two of the regiment’s marching tunes, Hearts of Oak and Rule Britannia, both traditionally associated with the Royal Navy
In both regiments, the Star was worn for many years on the Valise – part of a soldier’s backpack. When the regiments were amalgated to form the Worcestershire Regiment in 1881, the badge incorporated the star, the lion of the 29th and the motto of the 36th. Thus the regiment continued to remain ‘FIRM’.