British African Headdress & Collar Badges


The British African headdress and collar badges bear an ostrich with a background of mountains and a scroll at the base inscribed British African.  In gilt, bronze and brass finish (KK 1372).  This is a similar background design to the Australasian Squadron badge.

The headdress badge and matching collar badges worn by ‘D’ Squadron (British African) are shown in the close-up image (Figure 238) taken from the group photograph of King’s Colonials (Figure 115).

Figure 238: Close-up image of the ‘D’ Squadron (British African) headdress badge (KK 1372) worn by several Other Ranks with the right hand one wearing matching collar badges.

The headdress badge shown in Figures 239-240 is a genuine Officer’s headdress badge from the Firmin display set. It is a die struck badge in rich gilt with loops also in gilt positioned east-west which lack feet.

Figures 239-240: Front and rear images of a genuine ‘D’ Squadron (British African) Officer’s headdress badge (KK 1372) in gilt with matching pair of collar badges in gilding metal. 

The pair of ‘D’ Squadron (British African) ostrich collar badges shown in Figures 239-240 are die-struck in gilding metal and were worn as a facing pair. They have copper loops which lack feet and are positioned east-west.

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