Australian Squadron Other Ranks' Headdress Badge - Genuine

The Australian Squadron headdress and collar badges depict a kangaroo on a scroll inscribed Australia.  In brass (KK 1375).

In 1903, upon formation of the ‘E’ Squadron (New Zealand), ‘C’ Squadron (Australasian) was left with an entirely Australian make-up. It was re-named the ‘C’ Squadron (Australian).

The ‘C’ Squadron (Australian) headdress and pair of collar badges are shown being worn in Figure 250.

Figure 250: Close-up image of the ‘C’ Squadron (Australian) headdress (KK 1375) taken from the group photograph of mounted King’s Colonials (Figure 115) (Iain Davidson collection). 

Figures 251-252 show an example of a genuine Other Ranks’ headdress badge and matching pair of collar badges. The headdress badge is die struck in yellow-brass. This badge has copper loops which lack feet and are positioned north-south. The quality of the strike is very good with fine detail evident on the front and rear of the badge.

Figures 251-252: A genuine ‘C’ Squadron (Australian) Other Ranks’ headdress badge (KK 1375) in gilding metal with north-south loops and pair of collar badges in gilding metal. 

The collar badges are die-struck in yellow-brass and were worn as a facing pair. The right-hand collar badge has had their genuine north-south loops removed and replaced with east-west positioned loops. Examination of another pair of collar badges has determined that these additional collar badges also have north-south loops. Like the other Squadron collar badges, the ‘C’ Squadron (Australian) collar badges are a matching pair. In the pair shown, the kangaroo on the left-hand collar badge has a straight tail as should the right-hand collar badge which has a tail which has been accidentally bent.

Among the King's Colonials collar badges the ‘C’ Squadron (Australian) collar badges are the most difficult to come by in my experience.

Unlike bronzed OSD versions of the 'A' Squadron (British Asian), 'B' Squadron (British American) and 'E' Squadron (New Zealand) collar badges, a bronzed OSD version of the 'C' Squadron (Australian) collar badges has not been noted.