badge, headdress, British, Army Service Corps, officers
A bronze metal Army Service Corps headdress badge of an eight-pointed Garter Star, the top point being replaced by an Imperial (King's) crown resting on the Garter with motto HONI SOIT QUE MAL Y PENSE. In the centre of the star, a laurel wreath encircling the Garter, the ends of the wreath connecting with the crown. Embossed on the solid centre, the cypher "ASC" with textured letters. One of a pair of blades to the reverse.
Badge of pattern worn 1901 to 1918.
An Army Service Corps was formed in 1870. In 1881 it was re-named the Commissariat and Transport Corps, with responsibility for the issue and provision of food and the various transport functions of the Army. In 1888 it reverted to its ASC title and adopted the eight-point star and Garter badge topped by a crown. The voided centre bore the cypher "ASC". In 1901 the badge was modified, the star changing to a more crystal-cut pattern and the crown, now a King's crown, being set lower to sit atop the Garter. In 1918 the Corps was granted a "Royal" prefix in recognition of its service in the First World War. The badge was changed to include a scroll below the lower portion of the Garter, bearing ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS. The voided centre now held the Royal Cypher. A small change was made in 1949 when the position of the crown reverted to its pre-1901 position to leave a space between it and the Garter. The same pattern was used when the crown changed to a Queen's crown in 1952.
In July 1965 the RASC became the Royal Corps of Transport, retaining its badge but with the new Regimental name on the scroll.