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Our Journal

Started as The Bulletin in April 1951 and renamed The Formation Sign in 1967, our quarterly Journal has been regularly published for over fifty years. It has had only six editors during that time, two of them, John Waring and Brian L Davis holding the post for over twenty years each.

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The Journal has always contained illustrations of cloth badges. In the first issues these were hand-drawn and coloured by Major and Mrs Waring but the number of members soon precluded this. With the advent of colour photocopiers and under the editorship of Brian L Davis, colour pages were introduced from issue 195 in September 1999. Since January 2007 The Journal, now twelve pages and still published quarterly, has been printed in full colour.

The Journal contains full-length articles as well as snippets of information on the origins and use of a wide variety of cloth badges. Contributing members have included W Y (Bill) Carman, Brian L Davis, John Gaylor, John Mollo, Guido Rosignoli, Marc Sherriff and Len Whittaker, all of whom have published books on aspects of military insignia. Extensive contributions have also come from other members who are experts in their field. A recent series has covered in detail the cloth helmet flashes worn during the South African or Boer War of 1899-1902.

Examples of The Journal from the last thirty years are shown here.

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The Formation Sign over the years - Click for a larger version


Click here to see the last 12 issues of The Formation Sign

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