badge, formation, 1st Infantry Division, Staff and Infantry.
A white triangle with red edges.
The badge of 1 Corps was a white spearhead (being the spearhead of the British Army) and 1 Division adopted a sign that represented the tip of the spear.
Cole (1953, covering essentially post-war signs) states that Divisional Staff and Infantry wore the sign with a scarlet border and the RAC with a yellow border but it is not clear whether this was a continuation of wartime use. Cole (1946, covering WW2 badges) refers only to the sign being worn on RA, R.Sigs. and RASC arm of service colour backings.
The Division was a Regular Army Division at the outbreak of WW2 It fought in the France and Belgium campaign of 1940. It was reorganised as a mixed division (2 infantry and one armoured brigade) between June and November 1942, after which it reverted to an infantry division.
The Division became part of 1st Army for the invasion of North West Africa in March 1943. It took part in the Sicily campaign and captured Pantelleria before going to Italy in December 1943. The Division took part in the Anzio battles and thereafter fought northwards through Italy.
It transferred to Palestine at the beginning of February 1945.