KINGS AFRICAN RIFLES
OSD BRONZE & OR'S BRASS
1929 - 1939
Courtesy of Ewen Cameron Collection
The King’s African Rifles (KAR) Signal Section was actually the forerunner of the East Africa Signal Corps, which was formed on the 1st September 1939.
The KAR Signal Sections in 1929 consisted of what was called the Northern Brigade Signal Section and the Southern Brigade Signal Section, and were similar to a Line of Communication Signals unit rather than a brigade. Officers and NCOs at this time were all Royal Corps of Signals personnel.
The insignia of the KAR Signal Section was a King’s African Rifles hat badge with crossed flags in the centre, which is illustrated above. A black flash was worn behind the badge by the Northern Brigade Signal Section and a red flash behind the badge for the Southern Brigade Signal Section.
The hat badge of the Kings African Rifles Signals Section was retained even after the advent of the East Africa Signal Corps in September 1939 but East Africa Signals shoulder titles were worn.