telegraphists and signalmen badges throughout the years

 

The RN Signalman has been around for many years dating from the 19th century, with the RN Telegraphist officially coming onboard in 1907 when the W/T Branch was formed.  Before 1907, signalmen had double-banked and supported [when required] telegraphists.   However, this meant that there was no full time professional to deal with the increasing demands of technology and the admirals complained that the part-time job approach was adversely affecting their ability to fight their fleets.

It wasn't until the last decade of the 19th century that badges were designed for Signalmen with the Telegraphists getting their first badge two years after formation in 1909.

Here then is a breakdown of each branch badge with a few dates I have randomly plucked from the air covering 1890 to 1972, a eighty two year period. In some cases, the rates shown went on well after my watershed of 1972.

 

Chief Yeoman of Signals
1909 to 1932

Petty Officer, RN Shore Signal Service [worn on LEFT ARM] 1925 to 1932

BADGE RATE DATES
Crown and star above, two stars below Chief Yeoman of Signals 1909-1932
Crown and star above, star below Signal Instructor 1890-1909
Crown above, two stars below Visual Signalling Instructor 1951-1958
Crown above, two stars below Tactical Communications Instructor 1958-1972
Crown above, star below Visual Signalman 1st class 1934-1948
Crown above, star below Visual Signalling Instructor 1948-1951
Crown above, star below Chief Yeoman of Signals on higher rate of pay 1951-1958
Crown above, star below Chief Communications Yeoman on higher rate of pay 1958-1972
Crown above, SSS below Petty Officer RN shore signal service [worn on the left arm] 1925-1932
Crown above Chief Yeoman of Signals 1932-1934
Crown above Yeoman of Signals 1932-1934
Crown above Visual Signalman 2nd class [if a CPO or a PO] 1934-1948
Crown above Chief Yeoman of Signals 1948-1951
Crown above Chief Yeoman of Signals [lower rate of pay] 1951-1958
Crown above Chief Communications Yeoman [lower rate of pay] 1958-1972
Crown above Yeoman of Signals 1948-1958
Crown above Communications Yeoman 1958-1972
Star above, two stars below Qualified Signalman, higher standard class 1 1904-1909
Star above, two stars below Yeoman of Signals 1909-1932
Star above, two stars below Visual Signalman 2nd class [if below PO rate] 1934-1948
Star above, star below Qualified Signalman passed for higher grade 1890-1904
Star above, star below Qualified Signalman higher standard class II 1904-1909
Star above, star below Leading Signalman 1909-1932
Star above, star below Visual Signalman 3rd class 1934-1948
Star above, star below Leading Signalman 1948-1958
Star above, star below Communications Yeoman [lower rate of pay] 1958-1972
Star above, star below Leading Tactical Communications Operator 1958-1962
Star above, star below Tactical Communications Operator 1st class passed for Leading Tactical Operator 1958-1962
Star above, letter 'C' below Leading Coder 1940-1941
Star above Qualified Signalman 1890-1909
Star above Signalman 1909-1934
Star above Trained Operator [Visual Signalling] 1934-1948
Star above Signalman 1948-1958
Star above Tactical Communications Operator 2nd class 1958-1962
Star above Leading Signalman 1932-1934
Letters 'BD' below Visual Signalman [boom defence] 1941-1948
Letter 'C' below Leading Coder 1941-1948
Letter 'C' below Coder or Ordinary Coder 1940-1948
Letters 'LC' below Landing Craft Signalman 1943-1948
Letters 'SSS' below Signalman RN shore signal service [worn on left arm] 1925-1932
Without additions Signalman 1890-1909
Without additions Signalman if not trained operator [visual signalling] 1934-1948
Without additions Ordinary Signalman 1890-1958
Without additions Tactical Communications Operator 1958-1962
Without additions Signal Boy 1890-1956
Without additions Junior Signalman 1956-1958
Without additions Junior Tactical Communications Operator 1958-1962
Without additions Convoy Signalman 1941-1948
WRNS Communications Branch - Crossed Flags Signal Distributions Office Watchkeepers; Code; Classifier; Teleprinter Operator; R/T Operator; Visual Signaller 1941-1962
WRNS Communications Branch - Crossed Flags Switchboard Operators 1941-1965

CPO Radio Mechanic Fleet Air Arm 1944-1948

 

Wireless Instructor; Radio Communications Instructor 1951-1972 CPO or PO

BADGE RATE DATES
Crown and 'A' above, 'M' below CPO Radio Mechanic Fleet Air Arm 1944-1948
Crown above, two stars below Wireless Instructor 1951-1958
Crown above, two stars below Radio Communications Instructor 1958-1972
Crown above, star below Wireless Telegraphist 1st class 1934-1948
Crown above, star below Wireless Instructor 1948-1951
Crown above, star below CPO Telegraphist [higher rate of pay] 1951-1958
Crown above, star below Chief Radio Supervisor [higher rate of pay] 1958-1972
Crown above, and letter 'M' below CPO Radio Mechanic 1944-1948
Crown above CPO Telegraphist 1909-1934
Crown above PO Telegraphist 1909-1934
Crown above CPO/PO Wireless Telegraphist 2nd class 1934-1948
Crown above CPO Telegraphist 1948-1951
Crown above CPO Telegraphist [lower rate of pay] 1951-1958
Crown above Chief Radio Supervisor 1958-1972
Crown above PO Telegraphist 1951-1958
Crown above Radio Supervisor 1958-1972
Star above, two stars below Wireless Telegraphist 2nd class [if neither a CPO or a PO] 1934-1948
Star above, star below Leading Telegraphist 1909-1932
Star above, star below Wireless Telegraphist 3rd class 1934-1948
Star above, star below Leading Telegraphist 1948-1958
Star above, star below Leading Radio Operator 1958-1972
Star above, star below Telegraphist passed for Leading Telegraphist 1948-1958
Star above, star below Radio Operator 1st class passed for Leading Radio Operator 1958-1972
Star above Leading Telegraphist 1932-1934
Star above Telegraphist 1909-1934
Star above Trained Operator [W/T] 1934-1948
Star above Telegraphist 1948-1958
Star above Radio Operator 1st class 1958-1972
Leter 'A' above, letter 'M' below Radio Mechanic [if not a CPO] Fleet Air Arm 1944-1948
Letter 'M' below Radio Mechanic 1944-1947
Letter 'P' below Radar Plot Ratings [not qualified in seamanship] 1944-1948
Letter 'R' below Radar Control Rating [not qualified in seamanship] 1944-1948
Letters 'SWS' Worn by ratings employed by the Shore Wireless Service in places like Whitehall Wireless for example. 1930-1965
Without additions Ordinary Telegraphist 1909-1958
Without additions Radio Operator 3rd class 1958-1972
Without additions Telegraphist [not trained operator] 1934-1958
Without additions Boy Telegraphist 1909-1956
Without additions Junior Telegraphist 1956-1958
Without additions Junior Radio Operator 1962-1972
Without additions Radio Mechanic [unqualified] 1944-1947
WRNS - Communications Branch - Wings crossed by lightning Flash Radar Operator; Telegraphists 1942-1958
WRNS - Communications Branch - Wings crossed by lightning Flash Radio Operators 1958-1972