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Royal Durban Light Infantry
Sizes: Total length Top to Bottom - 71,6cm = top diameter - 2cm = Bottom diameter - 0,8cm.
Condition: Sold as seen in the images, no damage at all, has usage wear.
The Regiment was formed as the D’Urban Volunteer Guard, in May 1854. In 1859 it became the Durban Rifle Guard. In 1873 it became known as the Royal Durban Rifles. In 1895 it became known as the Natal Royal Rifles (Left half Battalion). In 1895 it became the Durban Light Infantry. On the constitution of the Union Defence Force in 1912, the Unit became the Durban Light Infantry, renamed the 1st Infantry, (Durban Light Infantry). In consequence the Unit was permitted to add to its badge “Primus in Africa”. In 1953, King George VI conferred the title Royal on two Regiments being the Royal Durban Light Infantry and the Royal Natal Carbineers, as a recognition of their seniority and service. In 1961 with the formation of the Republic, the title "Royal" was considered incompatible and the Regiment reverted back to being the Durban Light Infantry.The words “Primus in Africa” are superimposed within a scroll. The crest is composed of a lion passant guardant on three mounds – the centre mound being charged with a pyramid. The lion is symbolic of strength, courage and fortitude. The three mounds are symbolic of the battles fought in WWII - Monte Stanco, Peza, & Sole/Caprara. The pyramid is symbolic of the 1941-43 Egyptian campaign. The garland which surrounds the coloured badge comprises the Thistle of Scotland, the Tudor Rose of England and the Shamrock of Ireland – symbols taken from the old colour – and the other two flowers, the Protea, theNational flower of SA and the Strelitzia, Flower of Natal.