Colin Churchill is widely recognised as a leading authority on British Collar Badges. He also has one of the largest collections of British cloth insignia including shoulder titles and formation signs. He started collecting in the 1970’s and has subsequently amassed one of the finest collections in the UK.

Having developed an interest and in-depth knowledge in the subject, in 1986 he co-authored with Ray Westlake the beginner’s guide to collar badges, “British Army Collar Badges 1881 to the present”.

This book was very well received and having realised there was an appetite for a more comprehensive study, he went on to write what is now generally accepted as the standard reference work on the subject, “History of the British Army Infantry Collar Badge”, in 2001, which included over 2000 actual-size identifier photographs and line drawings covering some 800 units. The book covers the topic in exhaustive detail, containing both detailed descriptions and variations of each badge worn, with dates when it was worn and on which uniform; mention of metals and also reasons why a particular design was chosen, with explanations of battle honours and mottoes.

Having been born in Dorchester and living there during the war, he developed a keen interest in the Dorset regiment and is recognised as owning the most comprehensive collection of Dorset Collar Badges and Formation Signs and went onto write the book, “Dorchester verus Hitler: a County Town goes to war”, in 2006.

He has now decided to sell his collection, this will be sold in stages over the next 18 – 24 months, with the first offering in our Militaria auction on 6th May 2015. The offerings will be a mixture of headdress badges, collar badges and cloth insignia.

Below are highlights from Part 1 of this collection being sold on 6th May 2015


Top 10 Highlights from Colin Churchill Collection 

Auction 06/05/2015


Lot 233: Rare East Riding Yeomanry Mounted Scouts Sleeve Badge  Estimate: £120 – £180



Lot 241: Rare Officers Glengarry Badge 10th Blackmoor Vale Corps Circa 1887

Estimate: £150 – £250





Lot 278: Rare Victorian Officers Forage Cap Badge of the West Kent Light Infantry Militia

 Estimate: £150 – £250







Lot 320: Kings Liverpool Regiment Territorial and Volunteer Battalions Collar Badges

 Estimate: £100 – £150





Lot 350: Rare Royal Naval Division Collingwood Brass Shoulder Title

 Estimate: £150 – £250


Lot 366: Rare WW1 19th (Western) Division Cloth Formation Sign

 Estimate: £100 – £150


Lot 401: Rare Unofficial Cloth Formation Sign of the Commando Basic Training Depot Achnacarry

 Estimate: £400 – £600


Lot 413: Rare WW2 Long Range Desert Group (L.R.D.G) Cap Badge

 Estimate: £400 – £600



Lot 428: Rare Cloth Arm Badge of the 96th (Royal Devon Yeomanry) Field Brigade Royal Artillery (TA)

 Estimate: £60 – £100