First Pattern Regimental Other Ranks Collar Badge


From 1901 until 1905 the Other Ranks of the King’s Colonials wore a pair of first pattern, Regimental collar badge with a ‘KC’ monogram inter-twined in gilding metal. These collar badges were worn as a non-opposing pair as shown in Figure 256 in a close-up image of Corporal Shaw (shown originally in Figure 83). These collar badges are referenced by Churchill and Westlake as 4th County of London (King’s Colonials) Imperial Yeomanry first pattern in gilding metal (Churchill and Westlake  Ref No 114) and are shown in Figure 257. A stylised version is also depicted in an Edwardian-period Gaunt catalogue of badges as shown in Figure 258.

Figure 256: Close-up image of the first pattern Regimental Other Ranks collar badges of the King’s Colonials (Churchill and Westlake Ref No 114) being worn by Private Shaw circa 1905 (Peter Nemaric collection).

The collar badge shown in Figure 257 is die-cast gilding metal with a flat back and north-south loops.

Figure 257: Front and rear images of a first pattern Regimental Other Ranks collar badge of the King’s Colonials (Churchill and Westlake Ref No 114) die-cast in gilding metal (Patrick Birley collection).

Figures 258: Photograph of a stylised first pattern Regimental Other Ranks collar badge of the King’s Colonials from a Gaunt catalogue circa 1902-1905.