This cap badgebelongs to the historical regiment, that is now the Wiltshire Regiment. The badge is formed of a Maltese cross with a crown on top and the name of the regiment scrolled underneath and is made of bronze.
History of The Wiltshire Regiment:
- Originally the 62nd Regiment of Foot, they played many roles, in part acting as marines, the main company were in Ireland protecting Castle Carrickfergus against French attack
- They were then involved in the American War of Independence
- They fought in the Napoleonic Wars and they were then constantly on the move as the British Empire expanded, fighting in the 1st Sikh War
- The Regiment fought in the Crimean War and then in the 2nd Boer
- During WWI the regiment fought at the Battle of Ypres, where they suffered heavy casualties and then went on to serve in all the major battles
- The cap badge of the Wiltshire Regiment is one of the Fovant badges carved into the chalk hillside in Wiltshire, to honour those who died in WWI