I have a badge that came with my gggrandfather Fulford B. Feilde's
travel desk. As everyone else is named James, the James' are numbered
as: James (no.1) father to Fulford B.; James (no.2) is James Frederick,
eldest son of Fulford; James (no.3) is James Fulford, only son of
(no.2); James (no.4) is James Godfrey Fulford, only son of (no.3)
Aside from the badge, the desk contained: 2 letters from (no.3)'s aunt
(useful, but in other ways); a Commissariat button sewed to three layers
of material reputedly from Fulford's uniform (untrue, the colours are
wrong for the Commissariat -red not blue but might be from James
(no.1)'s uniform; he reputedly fought in the Peninsular War.)
The desk came to Fulford's eldest son (no.2) on Fulford's death in 1885;
it then descended to (no.2)'s only son, (no.3) who was aged 5, upon
(no.2)'s death in 1886. Because (no.3)'s only son, (no.4), died before
(no.3) in 1967, I as (no.4)'s elder child, inherited the desk upon
(no.3)'s death in 1970.
I have identified what the badge is but its context within the family
doesn't make sense. The badge is a 'tria juncta in uno'. It has two
closed hooks on the back, each near one of the horizontal two points,
that appear to be an inherent part of the badge; perhaps designed to sew
the badge to wherever it belonged?? I have looked at the internet. Mine
looks like the badge at:
but with the only colour on it being the red enameled circle holding the
motto. There is no blue enamel (or residue of) in the leaves surrounding
the motto. The badge itself is brass. Everything I have read appears to
point to its use mainly in WWI rather than earlier. The three grandsons
of Fulford who volunteered for the Canadian armed forces in WWI were
born in 1885, 1890 and 1892. James (no. 3) inherited the badge in 1886.
He also lived more than 1500 miles west of his three cousins.
Fulford was born in 1799 in Plymouth, Devon where his father James
(no.1) was posted with the British Army as a Barracksmaster. Fulford
joined the British Commissariat in 1819. I have copies of his letters to
his mother from December 1819 to March 1835 from his various postings
throughout the British Empire. His parents had gone to live in St.
Germaine-en-Laye, France some time around 1819. His last postings were
to Canada where he remained until his death in 1885. He married twice
and had 13 children, all in Canada. None of the four sons entered
military service (one banker, two RCMP officers, one doctor). Of the 13
children, eight died childless, the other four, (excluding (no.2), the
banker, who m. 1879) didn't marry until at least the 1880s. Three of
Fulford's four grandsons enlisted in WWI -2 brothers born 1892 and 1890
took their medical examinations for fitness to serve in 1918 and 1915;
their cousin, born 1889, took his in 1916.
The information above is what I have. I am hoping to find out who the
badge might have belonged to. My question is: Was this a badge that was
used before WWI and, if so, when and where? My first guess would have
been James (no.1) but he was born in 1769 in Eastwick, Herts.and died in
1830 in France as a civilian. James nos. 2 and 3 were never in the
military; no. 4 was in the air force in WWII. To be honest, my hopes for
another avenue to explore are not high.