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Cap Badge Identity

Appeal to the power of ARRSE, anyone recognize this cap badge?

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TamH70

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OK - the answer's out there.

On reading the OP I did wonder whether it might be the Household Battalion, but obviously not. I hadn't realised they were cavalry assigned as infantry - I was thinking of them as a composite battalion for Royal protection.

 

Smeggers

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It's the Guards Machine Gun Battalion. The Guards Machine Gun Regiment was formed in 1918 and is a different badge.
Ahem!
The Guards Machine Gun Regiment was a regiment of the British Army. It was initially formed in 1915 when machine gun companies were formed in the Guards Division.] In April 1917, the four companies were grouped together as a single battalion of the Machine Gun Guards, before being re-designated by Royal Warrant in May 1918 as the 6th, or Machine Gun, Regiment of Foot Guards. In June, the regiment was reorganised into battalions:
Battalions of the regiment were;
  • 1st (Life Guards) Battalion - Conversion of 1st Life Guards
  • 2nd (Life Guards) Battalion - Conversion of 2nd Life Guards
  • 3rd (Royal Horse Guards) Battalion - Conversion of Royal Horse Guards ("The Blues")
  • 4th (Foot Guards) Battalion - Re-designation of the existing Guards Machine Gun battalion
  • 5th (Reserve) Battalion - Re-designation of Guards Machine Gun Training Centre
The first three battalions served with the 1st Army of the British Expeditionary Force, while the 4th Battalion remained with the Guards Division. In 1918, after the end of the war, the three Household Cavalry battalions resumed their old role as cavalry, with the 4th Battalion being disbanded in February 1919.

The regimental establishment of HQ and four machine gun companies was retained until 1920, and the regiment took part in the Trooping the Colour ceremony in Hyde Park, London to mark the King's Official Birthday in June 1919 alongside the other regiments of foot guards.

On 26 February 1920 an army order was issued announcing that the regiment was to be immediately disbanded and the 1918 royal warrant cancelled.
 
Ahem!
The Guards Machine Gun Regiment was a regiment of the British Army. It was initially formed in 1915 when machine gun companies were formed in the Guards Division.] In April 1917, the four companies were grouped together as a single battalion of the Machine Gun Guards, before being re-designated by Royal Warrant in May 1918 as the 6th, or Machine Gun, Regiment of Foot Guards. In June, the regiment was reorganised into battalions:
Battalions of the regiment were;
  • 1st (Life Guards) Battalion - Conversion of 1st Life Guards
  • 2nd (Life Guards) Battalion - Conversion of 2nd Life Guards
  • 3rd (Royal Horse Guards) Battalion - Conversion of Royal Horse Guards ("The Blues")
  • 4th (Foot Guards) Battalion - Re-designation of the existing Guards Machine Gun battalion
  • 5th (Reserve) Battalion - Re-designation of Guards Machine Gun Training Centre
The first three battalions served with the 1st Army of the British Expeditionary Force, while the 4th Battalion remained with the Guards Division. In 1918, after the end of the war, the three Household Cavalry battalions resumed their old role as cavalry, with the 4th Battalion being disbanded in February 1919.

The regimental establishment of HQ and four machine gun companies was retained until 1920, and the regiment took part in the Trooping the Colour ceremony in Hyde Park, London to mark the King's Official Birthday in June 1919 alongside the other regiments of foot guards.

On 26 February 1920 an army order was issued announcing that the regiment was to be immediately disbanded and the 1918 royal warrant cancelled.
The badge illustrated is that of 4th Bn, the existing Guards Machine Gun Battalion hence the 1916 date.
The Guards Machine Gun Regiment badge is crossed machine guns with a superimposed Garter surmounted by a Kings crown.
Confusing.
 
My great-grandfather's brother was in the Guards Machine Gun Regiment and I've got his cap-badge here somewhere, which is exactly the same as the one shown by the OP.

This is how the IWM describes the exact-same badge:

Physical description
A white metal Guards Machine Gun Regiment cap badge, a five-point star with the points being bullets, in between each bullet point a different emblem as follows: grenade, rose, thistle, shamrock and leek, representing the five Regiments of the Foot Guards. In the centre a circlet bearing QUINQUE JUNCTA IN UNO 1916 (Five Joined as One). In the centre of the circlet a monogram, MGR (Machine Gun Regiment) surmounted by a small Imperial (King's) crown. The remnant of a slider is on the reverse.

History note
The Guards Machine Gun Regiment was formed in February 1918 from the three regiments of Household Cavalry and the Guards Machine Gun Battalion. 1st5 Life Guards became 1st Battalion, 2nd Life Guards the 2nd Battalion, Royal Horseguards 3rd Battalion and the Guards MG Battalion the 4th. There was a 5th Reserve Battalion. The three Household Cavalry regiments retained their own cap badges but acknowledged their new role by wearing crossed Vickers guns as collar badges. These three regiments returned to England in 1919 and reverted to their previous roles. The 4th Battalion its return was designated 6th or Machine Gun Regiment of Foot Guards, or the Guards Machine Gun Regiment. It was disbanded in 1920. The date 1916 on the badge refers to the date on which the Guards Machine Gun Battalion was formed.

Inscription
QUINQUE JUNCTA IN UNO 1916
 

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