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The none-too imaginative British had the same badge for all their
minor West African possessions: Identical
flags were granted to Ghana and
differing only by having the initials
"G.C." and "S.L.", instead of "G."
Josh Fruhlinger, 13 Feb 1996
This flag was in use in the period 1889-1965.
David Prothero, 20 Sep 2000
The ground of the Gambia badge is yellow, and shows a brown elephant standing in front of a palm-tree between green mountains. In base is the initial letter "G" in red. When this badge appears on the Union Flag it is surrounded by the garland, while on the Blue Ensign it has no garland. Before the Gold Coast became the self-governing dominion of Ghana on March 6th, 1957, its badge was similar to that of Gambia but bore the initials "G.C." It was displayed on the Union Flag and the Blue Ensign in like manner.Jarig Bakker, 25 Sep 2000, quoting [car61]
Gold Coast and Gambia were granted arms
in 1957 and 1964 respectively, in preparation for independence.
David Prothero, 26 Sep 2000
Was there a pre-1965 governor’s flag with the same "G." badge? Was there
a flag for Governors-General in the period 1965-1970? For the same period,
would there be a royal flag?
Željko Heimer, 06 Oct 2001
Typical British pattern for Governor
General: Royal blue flag with royal crest and name of the state
("THE GAMBIA") on golden ribbon. Source:
Željko Heimer, 16 Jun 2002