PARA BADGE (Metal pin-on version)
The Parachutist badge of the Selous Scouts was the mark of a selected and
qualified Scout. Among the Scouts this is referred to as being badged. The PARA
badges were numbered on the back. from #1 to #500+. The founder of the Scouts,
Reid-Daly was issued wings #1.
During some correspondence between David Scott-Donelan, he told me a
story about his wing number; Scott-Donelan was 38 years old when he passed the Selous Scouts selection course and Colonel Reid-Daly wanted to give
him wing # 338 to commemorate the occasion. Unfortunately # 338 had already been issued so he gave
him the next best, # 348.