badge, trade, British, Royal Navy Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships (DEMS)

Catalogue number
  • INS 24620
  • whole: cloth
  • Rectangle: 40, 74
Alternative names
  • full name: badge, trade, British, Royal Navy Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships (DEMS)
  • simple name: badge, trade, British
uniforms and insignia

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This is the Royal Navy Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships (DEMS) badge. The badge was worn below the gunnery rating badge on the upper right sleeve of the working rig uniform or Battle-Dress blouse of qualified personnel. This badge would normally have seriffed letters. Army personnel also qualified for this duty and wore the DEMS badge below a gunnery rate's badge on the Battle-Dress blouse.

Physical description

A black wool rectange. Upon the black field are the initials 'DEMS' in red embroidered plain letters, 1.5cm high. The badge has no backing material.

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