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RAMC Beret question

#1
Can any of the old and bold help me out here?

My father-in-law is now an OAP, but did national service as a PTI with the RAMC. He maintains that they used to wear a maroon beret back in those days. Might it have matched that gorgeous RAMC pullover?

Is he walting, or is there some grain of truth in this??
 
#4
I believe back before WW2 the RAMC berret was maroon before it was gifted unto the blue badged heroes, hence why the backing of the RAMC cap badge is maroon.

Can't find you a source, but I do recall being told that.
 
#6
Chalky said:
I believe back before WW2 the RAMC berret was maroon before it was gifted unto the blue badged heroes, hence why the backing of the RAMC cap badge is maroon.

Can't find you a source, but I do recall being told that.
I've often been told that the cherry-coloured backing to RAMC beret badges are a recognition of the number of VCs.
 
#16
The bear is not in the Museum. It is, however, an excellent place for a visit. An injection of Lottery cash (see? It's does do some useful things!) allowed the curator and his team to turn it into a what, considering its size, is a really excellent museum.

I, too, have heard the story about the maroon. Originally, it was the colour of the RAMC until the Parachute Regiment was formed and they laid claim to the colour. The RAMC still retains the maroon in the beret badge backing, the wooly pully and the accent colour on our Mess Kit (making it one of the smartest kits in the Army, IMO). I understood that members of the RAMC wore maroon berets for about three years before the PARAs nicked them.

IF
 
#17
IdeasFactory said:
The bear is not in the Museum. It is, however, an excellent place for a visit. An injection of Lottery cash (see? It's does do some useful things!) allowed the curator and his team to turn it into a what, considering its size, is a really excellent museum.

I, too, have heard the story about the maroon. Originally, it was the colour of the RAMC until the Parachute Regiment was formed and they laid claim to the colour. The RAMC still retains the maroon in the beret badge backing, the wooly pully and the accent colour on our Mess Kit (making it one of the smartest kits in the Army, IMO). I understood that members of the RAMC wore maroon berets for about three years before the PARAs nicked them.

IF
yep, I was told that too in THE DEPOT during basics
 
#18
Ventress said:
mad_mac said:
Chalky said:
mad_mac said:
Ventress said:
FieldDiscipline said:
Do the RAMC have a museum?
Yes, it the one full of VC's.
And the bear that takes up most of the foyer. :D
There's a bear? I saw no bear. I demand a bear!
Hope the bears still there. We had a lot of fun back in the eighties :twisted:
I think the bear is still receiving counselling.
I can honestly say that it was a well stuffed bear :twisted: :twisted:
 
#19
Chalky Wrote:

I believe back before WW2 the RAMC berret was maroon before it was gifted unto the blue badged heroes, hence why the backing of the RAMC cap badge is maroon.

I think you will find that the above statement is just a complete myth and should be quashed here and now, we await confirmation from the Corps Museum !

Maroon beret ?

Firstly the colour is DULL CHERRY and please remember and be proud of it :x
 
#20
I know this thread is about berets and backings, but I've had a real good butcher's on t'internet to try and find out something about these maroon (or should that be dull cherry?) wooly pullies the RAMC is supposed to have worn. I served in the RAMC from 1966 to 1972 and I never, ever saw anybody in the Corps with such a maroon/dull cherry pullover. So did this go down before my time or after? Or was it reserved for special occasions?

MsG
 

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