WW1 KINGS SHROPSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY / 8th BATTALION LEEDS RIFLES ROIX DE GUERRE ROSETTE COCKADE.
A rare ribbon rosette, cockade, complete with central button " cap badge " with rusted pin fitting and two blades to the reverse. The cockade formed from the ribbon of the French Croix De Guerre worn on the service dress cap by the 4th. Battalion K.S.L.I & 8th Battalion The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (Leeds Rifles). The French Croix De Guerre Awarded to certain British Units by the French Army in WW I for their support, most units wear it as a strip of ribbon on the arm.
The 1st/4th King's Shropshire Light Infantry wore a C de G cockade on the service cap up to 1941.
The tradition is now maintained by officers, WOs and sergeants of Bn HQ and E Coy of 5 LI (Volunteers).
The cockade consists of a rosette with central button and two swallow tails in the red and green of the C de G ribbon.
4th Bn KSLI, in commemoration of the gallant exploits of 1/4 KSLI at La Montagne dear Bligny on 6/6/1918 all personnel were on 3/6/1922 presented with cockades of 1914-18 C Dr G ribbon to be worn on the left side of the SD caps by all ranks.
On 1/8/1941 as an economy measure the wearing of the cockade was restricted to officers and members of the band. All other personally wore instead a 1/2" deep shoulder flash of the C de G ribbon (without the original bronzed palm emblem) at the shoulder point on both sleeves of the BD blouse.
Army Order Number 431
Grant of Honorary Distinction
His Majesty The King has been graciously pleased to approve of the officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the 8th (Leeds Rifles) Battalion The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own) being permitted to wear in their headdresses on all ceremonial parades, a Cockade of the Colours of the French Croix de Guerre in commemoration of their exploits at La Montaigne de Bligny in 1918, for which they were 'cité' in the Orders of the 5th French Army.