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2nd BOER WAR era badge (Repatriated from South Africa) so badge likely saw active service overseas with the K.S.L.I. in South Africa

The "Strung Bugle" design is common to light Infantry Regimental badges

The King's Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) was a light infantry regiment of the British Army, formed in the Childers Reforms of 1881, but with antecedents dating back to 1755

Served in the 2nd Boer War, WW 1&2

History

Formation

The King's Light Infantry (Shropshire Regiment) was formed on 1 July 1881 as the county regiment of Herefordshire & Shropshire as part of the Childers Reforms

It was renamed as The King's (Shropshire Light Infantry) on 10 March 1882

The regiment was an amalgamation of the 53rd (Shropshire) Regiment of Foot & the 85th (King's Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot, which became the regular 1st & 2nd Battalions. The 1881 reforms also redesignated the militia & rifle volunteers units within the regimental district as battalions of the regiment. Accordingly, the Shropshire Militia & Royal Herefordshire Militia became the 3rd & 4th (Militia) Battalions respectively, & the 1st & 2nd Shropshire Rifle Volunteer Corps became the 1st & 2nd Volunteer Batts. The 1st Herefordshire (Herefordshire & Radnorshire) Rifle Volunteer Corps was also affiliated as a volunteer battalion

The 1st battalion of the KSLI was stationed in Egypt from 1882, & served with distinction in the Anglo-Egyptian War. The battalion transferred to Malta where it was from 1883 to 1891, but was back in the Eastern Sudan serving in the Soudan Expedition 1886–87. From 1891 the battalion was in Hong Kong, & 3 years later it was moved to British India, serving there until early 1903. The last posting in India was at Poona

The 2nd batt was stationed in Ireland from 1886-1894, & in late 1899 embarked for South Africa as part of the reinforcements for the 2nd Boer War

Following the end of the war in South Africa in 1902, the battalion went to India, where it was stationed at Ranikhet in Bengal
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