Stretcher bearer's badge : Private R S Phillips, Commonwealth Army Medical Corps

Accession Number REL47704
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Buckram, Embroidery cotton thread, Wool
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1899
Conflict South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

Circular cloth sleeve badge showing a red embroidered cross on a white wool ground within a yellow embroidered circle, all on a black wool ground. The badge is backed with buckram.

History / Summary

This badge was worn by Reginald Stewart Phillips during his service in the Boer War. Phillips, born in Bathurst, New South Wales in 1881, served as a private (service number 1304) with the Victorian details of the Commonwealth Army Medical Corps, and was a member of the [stretcher] Bearer Company.

The unit served in Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal, and saw action at Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill. After his war service Phillips moved to Western Australia.

The Geneva Cross badge was worn by medical orderlies and stretcher bearers attached to medical units.