5th Border Cumberland Regiment Cap Badge
The 5th Border Cumberland Regiment cap badge is in the form of an eight-pointed star overlaid by a Maltese cross. The topmost point of the star is displaced by an Imperial crown bearing a circlet inscribed ‘SOUTH AFRICA 1901-02’ with, in the centre, ‘5th’. At the base of the star is scroll inscribed Border Cumberland Regiment.
The Border Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army, which was formed in 1881 under the Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of the 34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot and the 55th (Westmorland) Regiment of Foot.
After service in the Second Boer War, followed by both World War I and World War II, the regiment was amalgamated with the King’s Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) into the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment in 1959, which was later merged with the King’s Regiment (Liverpool and Manchester) and the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment to form the present Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (King’s, Lancashire and Border), which continues the lineage of the Border Regiment.