Identify Royal Signals badges

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  1. I have two badges, one is round and has the Mercury badge embossed on it. The back is engraved "Gould Medal 1937"

    The other is brass and oval shaped, again with Mercury on the front and a pin back. It is marked 200 in the center of the back.

    Any help identifying them will be gratefully received.
     

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  2. Ref the 'Gould Medal', you might be able to get a handle on it from the Scalies Museum at Blandford. Get their details off Google. Hope that helps.
     
  3. Cheers STP!
     
  4. Sir Basil Gould was a diplomat who led an expedition to Tibet in 1936 with some Royal Signals members to improve communications between India and Tibet. That may have something to do with it....
     
  5. Cheers for the info SFUB! I'll see if I can find any more about him.
     
  6. In August 1936, Gould led a delegation to Lhasa to negotiate with the Tibetan government on the possibility of the 9th Panchen Lama's return to Tibet. Gould also discussed British military aid to Lhasa. Gould inquired about the creation of a British office in Lhasa, but the Tibetan government rejected this. Gould eventually departed Lhasa, but left behind his commercial representative, Hugh Richardson, who had been previously stationed in Gyantse. Richardson was equipped with a radio so Richardson could maintain contact with the British
     
  7. Found a bit more info;

    Radio was Nepean's life long passion- he was to become the longest serving member of the Radio Society of Great Britian, notching up 75 years membership- and it was as a subaltern serving in the Peshawar District Signals on the North West Frontier of India that he went on the mission to Tibet.

    It was in the summer of 1936 that Nepean and a fellow wireless expert in the Royal Signals, Lt. Sidney Dagg joined the mission led by B J (later Sir Basil) Gould. Among other members of the party was Hugh Richardson, who would some months later become Britian's last diplomatic envoy in Lhasa.

    The mission had been proposed by the government of Tibet, then under Regency between Dalai Lamas. They wanted Britian to mediate for the return of the Panchen Lama, the second most senior religious leader in Tibet, who had fled to China after falling out with the 13th Dalai.

    Nepean set up his tent, sharing it with the transmitter and the receiver, in the Deyki Lingka garden, the mission's base. The aerial was supported on a 40 ft. mast, and regular contact was kept up with India on the 30 metre wave band. Contact was also made with amateurs, and Nepean's then call sign AC4YN , became known around the world- AC4 being for Tibet, YN being two of Nepean's initials. He helped to film the mission with a 16 mm cine camera, and played football as a member of the "Mission Marinots" team against "Lhasa United".