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  • Royal Marine Light Infantry
  • The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
  • The Royal Sussex Regiment
  • The King's (Liverpool) Regiment
  • Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment
  • The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
  • Middlesex Regiment
  • The Highland Light Infantry
  • Army Air Corps camp flag
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    Camp flags for units in the British army followed the same basic pattern, and consisted of the regimental badge (occupying about a third of the width) on a background of stripes of regimental pattern. Some examples that would have been used in Russia at about the time of the Russian Revolution are listed below. I don't know of a single source for camp flags. They are not part of Queen's (or King's) Regulations, but are made up by each individual regiment at their own whim. This information has been taken from various material in the Flag Institute Library, including a survey we did of Army flags in the 1970s, and material in my own collection. But I know it isn't the last word on the subject.

    Royal Marine Light Infantry

    The current Royal Marines camp flag is dark blue with red, yellow and green stripes - see

    The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)

    The camp flag of the Royal Scots was dark blue over medium green over red in equal stripes.

    The Royal Sussex Regiment

    I don't know this one for certain - the colours of the flag would be dark blue and orange, but I'm not certain how they would be arranged.

    The King's (Liverpool) Regiment

    Dark blue with a narrow red central stripe (proportions around 3:2:3)

    Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment

    Plain medium green.

    The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

    Dark blue with a central stripe divided red over grass green (again, around 3:1:1:3) 

    Middlesex Regiment

    The colours of their flag were cherry red and yellow. The Expeditionary Force HQ used an arm badge of a white five-pointed star on a blue square. This might have appeared as a flag. 

    Ian Sumner, 27 January 2002

    The Highland Light Infantry

    by David Prothero

    Source: W.J.Gordon (1915)

    Other regiments (without information about camp flags) involved in Russia at this time include:

    The Hampshire Regiment
    The East Surrey Regiment
    The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).

    David Prothero, 27 January 2002

    Army Air Corps camp flag

    This flag dark blue-light blue-dark blue with badge showing a rising eagle can be seen at A similar badge can be seen for the British AAC 1st Regiment at
    Valentin Poposki, 5 December 2005