Cap badge of the Indian (Army) Ordnance Department
Cap badge worn by the Indian Ordnance Department 1901-22, for whom Lieut Archie Douglas, Royal Artillery, worked in India from June 1895 until 6 May 1919 when he left as Colonel, Deputy Director of the Department. Archie had played first-class cricket for Middlesex and Surrey so when he first arrived in India he was welcomed by both the Indian and British Armies, and we think this is why he was first placed in the Ordnance Department as being both central and fairly static and so available. He played a lot of cricket! Later he was in north China for the Boxer Rebellion 1899-1901, fighting in Mesopotamia (2nd Expeditionary Force "D") in 1916 for which he was awarded a CMG, and also in Serbia by whom he was given the Order of the White Eagle (4th Class).