|This Royal Navy Petty Officer wears an important feature on his left forearm.
It is the silver Royal Naval Patrol Service sleeve badge. |
This small badge was awarded for six months sea service and was worn by all ranks. This badge is an 'award' and is equivalent to a medal.
No other badge looks like it or was worn in that position.
The RNPS was based at
'The Sparrows Nest' Lowestoft, Suffolk and is sometimes described as a Navy within the Navy. They operated vessels, often converted commercial craft and fishing boats on Minesweeping and Anti-Submarine duties.
They served in both home and distant waters.
Usually the cap tally worn by ratings bears the name of a man's vessel but for security reasons, during the Second World War the name was replaced with less specific wording or simply H.M.S . Unfortunately for us wartime Royal Navy and Air Force uniforms give relatively little information about the wearer.
Photograph by Boughtons of Lowestoft