First & Second Pattern Regimental Collar Badges


The group photograph (Figure 268) of senior NCOs and an Officer of the King's Colonials in 1902 shows both first and second pattern collar badges being worn.

Figure 268: The permanent staff of the King’s Colonials as of 19th April 1902 from left to right are Regimental Sergeant Major Fezan (former 4th Dragoon Guards), Squadron Quarter Master Sergeant Palmer (former 10th Hussars); Captain and Adjutant R. R. Thompson; and Squadron Sergeant Major Thompson (former 13th Hussars) (Navy and Army Illustrated. London: Elliot & Fry, Volume XIV: Number 274, 147-148, May 3rd 1902).  

In the Colin Churchill collection there was a single die-cast, flat backed, second pattern Regimental collar badge in bronze with north-south copper loops (Figures 269-270). No photographic evidence exists as to these bronzed collar badges being worn and it is likely they were intended for wear as part of the Officer’s Service Dress (OSD) uniform as has been noted for the Squadron OSD collar badges.

Figures 269-270: Front and rear images of a second pattern Regimental Officer’s collar badge in bronze with a flat back (Images reproduced with kind permission C&T Auctioneers, United Kingdom).