On the left is the General Service brass button worn by all Regiments apart from Rifle Regiments who wore the black horn Bugle button shown on the right.
|Later in the war, about 1917, leather buttons were issued.One was embossed with the Royal Arms and the other "Universal" button with a plait.|
|Leather Embossed Royal Arms||"Universal"|
|Each Regiment did have its own individual button design but like collar badges these are not seen worn by enlisted men during the war.|
During the war these Regimental buttons were only worn by Officers and some higher NCOs.
By about 1923 most Regiments had issued the appropriate buttons to all soldiers.
If a soldier is wearing Regimental Buttons in a photograph it probably dates from post-war
Rifle Regiments often had black cap badges and shoulder titles