Funeral Black Arm Bands

#1
Does any one know where the black arm band is worn on NO2 Dress at a funeral ive been told 2" above the elbow on the right but ive also been told the same about the left, do you cover rank with it or do you move it down?
 
#2
G3Ops said:
You'll probably find you shouldn't wear one at all.
Certainly not policy in my corps (Sigs) to wear black arm bands.

I've been to 3 mil funerals mate and haven't worn one yet.

I've seen Royal Marines at mil funerals and they black out the second from the top button of the jacket with black cloth but again, no armband.

Your Corps/Regt dress policies should give details or ask your razzer.
or better still, your Master Stitch
 
#3
The only thing I know about this is that when a very senior royal dies, court mourning is ordered and black armbands are worn by officers only. IIRC that hasn't happened since 1972.
 
#4
Be a Regimental thing me thinks I wore one ( cant remember which arm though ) doing coffin bearer for one of the lads who died in an RTA a few years back if you do wear one though I remember they take time to arrive from that magical place things are stored
 
#9
I always heard that the black armband (supposedly representing the defunct) is to be worn on the left arm, 2 inches above the elbow, thereby keeping the armband (and the defunct) closest to the heart.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
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#10
I did coffin bearer for some retired WO2 in 1986. Warrant officer or SSgt (we were all Sgt+) came round, "RSM wants coffin bearers - up for it?" I had been in the unit a couple of months and that plus retraining on transfer-in amounted to my entire contact with the corps (one independent posting elsewhere). I really thought they could manage six people to hump a coffin without accepting my offer.

That afternoon I was invited to coffin drill in 2s with the undertaker. Istr we the bearers wore armbands and memory suggests right arm above the elbow. But I could be wrong on so many levels, like farting in a crowded lift.
 
#11
I suppose it doesn't really matter as long as everyone is doing the same thing. That way if someone questions it you can say 'tradition' and they will be happy
 
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1969peps

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#13
Yes AllenFTM believe your right, about right arm. Said good buy to a friend in Battalion January and am saying good buy to another Tuesday coming, I took off the post I had on as I realised I am about six years out of step with the question and the deceased might well have had his/her burial by now with or without arm bands. Egg Banjo really not sure about the left arm nearer to the heart but the black is a traditional colour for morning.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
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#14
Arrse at its educational finest: You don't wear an armband, unless you do, in which case it's worn on the arm.
 
#17
From the ever interesting Rifles Dress Regs PDF..

Mourning Bands: (Army Dress Regs Pt 2 para. 02.075 & QR J8.130) . A mourning band is a piece of black crepe 31⁄4 inches wide. It is worn on the left sleeve so that the bottom of the band lies two inches above the elbow. A mourning band is only ever be worn with parade uniform where there is a jacket or coat. It is not worn on Combats of any type.
 
#18
Yes AllenFTM believe your right, about right arm. Said good buy to a friend in Battalion January and am saying good buy to another Tuesday coming, I took off the post I had on as I realised I am about six years out of step with the question and the deceased might well have had his/her burial by now with or without arm bands. Egg Banjo really not sure about the left arm nearer to the heart but the black is a traditional colour for morning.
You are required to attend the re-education camp for your woeful lack of knowledge and disrespect to others in our all inclusive multi cultural multi faith society.

White, yellow, Blue, Purple and Grey are all traditional mourning colours for some members of our vibrant community.

You heartless cad.
 
#19
Something else that has become a bit chavvy through over-use by grief whores and footballers.

Military cuddly toys are to be placed according to order of regimental precedence.
 

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