badge, headdress, (back badge), British, The Gloucestershire Regiment, other ranks
"Back badge" of Sphinx on a tablet inscribed "Egypt" within a laurel wreath. In anodised aluminium.
The 28th were granted a distinction unique in the British Army of wearing a badge both to the front and the back of their headdress. The badge commemorates the Battle of Alexandria, 21 March 1801, when the 28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment was attacked by the French from both front and rear and had to fight back-to-back. The formal approval for the "back badge" was given in May 1830, but it is clear that at that stage the Regiment had been wearing some unofficial distinction of the kind for some time.