Identity

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This page defines Identity, which can be used as a value of the "specific_type" parameter in {{infobox military unit}} like this:

| type = various
| specific_type = Identity
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Identity is mainly used to represent intermediate levels in the administrative hierarchy of the British Army that don't fit other specific type. These levels usually had some distinct existence or identity at the time, such as a name, cap badge or administrative records. It is not used for completely arbitrary groups that had no existence at the time. The exact meaning of identity varies. See the headings below for more detailed examples. The general type can vary depending on the specific type of the child units.

British Army

London Regiment

The London Regiment was created in 1908 and was entirely part of the Territorial Force, with no Regular battalions. It had a different structure from most infantry regiments. Originally there were 28 battalions, each of which had some of the status and administrative function of an infantry regiment in its own right. Most battalions had a distinct name and cap badge, and some were affiliated with a different regiment outside the London Regiment. For example, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th battalions shared the name and badge of the Royal Fusiliers. The 9th battalion was known as Queen Victoria's Rifles and had a similar badge to the King's Royal Rifle Corps.

In 1914 and 1915, all of the original battalions formed duplicate battalions, also known as lines, each of which was a separate tactical unit and could be in a different infantry brigade. These were distinguished by fractional numbers. The original battalions were the first line and gained 1/ in front of their number. For example, 1/1st Battalion London Regiment. The new duplicates were the second and third lines, for example 2/1st Battalion, London Regiment and 3/1st Battalion London Regiment.

This site uses Identity to represent the administrative unit and uniform distinctions of each battalion. These pages are under the battalion's name, not number. For example, Queen Victoria's Rifles. For convenience, battalions that shared the same name and badge are grouped together under the same identity even if they include more than one administrative unit. For example, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th battalions were each administratively separate but can all be found under Royal Fusiliers, London Regiment, British Army, which is not the same unit as Royal Fusiliers, British Army.

Machine Gun Services

The Motor Machine Gun Service was originally a distinct identity within the Royal Artillery and had its own cap badge but was later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps and renamed Machine Gun Corps (Motors). Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) was another distinct identity at the same level.

Royal Artillery

The Royal Artillery was split into two administrative corps:

The corps of Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery was further split into two distinct identities which were not separate administrative corps but each had its own name, uniform and traditions:

Royal Engineers

We haven't yet decided how to represent the structure of the Royal Engineers. Identities might be used to represent Royal Engineers (Transport) and groups of Territorial engineers.

Yeomanry

The yeomanry were the cavalry of the Territorial Force. Every yeomanry regiment was administratively part of one of the three administrative corps of line cavalry:

In 1914 and 1915 most yeomanry regiments were duplicated into three lines, each of which was a separate tactical unit distinguished by a fractional number. For example:

This site uses identities such as Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry to group the three lines together under their regimental identity since they shared a name and cap badge.