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Sunday
Jul222007

Rhinoceros Flag

Rhino Flag

My father brought this flag home in 1957 or 58 as a souvenir of his military service.  He was in the 22nd Field Engineer Regiment of the Royal Engineers and was stationed at Prinn Barracks in Tripoli in Libya.  He says the flag was that of the 10th Armoured Division  (of the British Army) which was being disbanded at the time.  A web search suggests he might be mistaken in this: the 10th Armoured Division was apparently disbanded in 1944 and their divisional sign was a fox's mask, not a rhinoceros.  The rhino was the sign of the 1st Armoured Division, but that was disbanded in 1945 (but reformed in 1976).  Anyhow, this flag was part of my home environment for as long as I can remember.  When my sister Thomasin was born at home my father hung it out of a window in celebration.  Several years later our first cat gave birth to kittens on it.  It has gathered a few holes and a bit of mildew over the years, but I it seems to have survived rather well.

Reader Comments (1)

Seems like a flag some conservation organization would use rather than an army division.
July 25 | Unregistered CommenterAydin

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