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London Scottish thistle badge

The thistle badge was worn on the uniform of a soldier of the 56th London Scottish Division. It shows a purple thistle, emblem of Scotland for many centuries. Legend has it that an army of King Haakon of Norway once tried at night to surprise some sleeping Scottish clansmen. One of Haakon's men trampled with his bare feet upon a thistle and shrieked out in pain, alerting the clansmen who grasped their weapons and defeated the Norsemen.

This badge was provided by Neil McKechnie, who served in the 56th London Scottish Field Artillery during World War 2. It was provided for a War Detectives project in 2005

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London Scottish thistle badge

1940s

War Detectives; World War 2; World War II; Second World War; 2nd World War; badges; regiment; regiments; regimental; thistles; army; Armed Forces

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The thistle badge was worn on the uniform of a soldier of the 56th London Scottish Division. It shows a purple thistle, emblem of Scotland for many centuries. Legend has it that an army of King Haakon of Norway once tried at night to surprise some sleeping Scottish clansmen. One of Haakon's men trampled with his bare feet upon a thistle and shrieked out in pain, alerting the clansmen who grasped their weapons and defeated the Norsemen.<br /> <br /> This badge was provided by Neil McKechnie, who served in the 56th London Scottish Field Artillery during World War 2. It was provided for a War Detectives project in 2005