Headdress Badges on the First Pattern Hat


The 1901-05 King’s Colonials Full Dress felt hat shown in Figure 116 was unique in bearing three badges: a first pattern Regimental badge (KK 1370) on the front crown of the hat, below that a second pattern Regimental badge (KK 1371) or a unique Squadron badge (KK 1372-1376) and a second pattern Regimental badge (KK 1371) worn on the side of the hat.  This combination of badges would have been worn in gilt for Officers and in gilding metal for Other Ranks.  An exception to this was that the Bandmaster and members of the band wore a gilt lyre badge in place of both second pattern Regimental badges as noted by Hook and Knight (Journal of the Military Historical Society, 251:70-78, 2018).  

Figure 116 a and c: Close-up photographs of the first pattern Regimental headdress badge (KK 1370) above the second pattern Regimental headdress badge (KK 1376) with additional second pattern Regimental badge on the upturned side brim on the first pattern King’s Colonials Full Dress Officers felt hat, circa 1903. 

This array of badges can be fully appreciated by examining Figure 117 which is a colour photograph of the bush hat (less plume) worn by King George V’s (Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment) in 1911. This bush hat is adorned with three gilt badges; a first pattern Regimental badge and two second pattern Regimental badges. This combination of badges would have been worn by Officers of the Regimental (Headquarters) staff.

Squadron headdress badges were worn by both Officers and Other Ranks of the Squadrons.
 
Figure 117:  The bush hat worn by King George V adorned with three King’s Colonials headdress badges circa 1911 © National Army Museum, Accession Number, NAM. 1963-05-3-1.