KC Full Dress Tunic


KC Full Dress Tunic
The tunic depicted here bears a label with the name MacIntosh on it with a D for 'D' Squadron and SMS for Squadron Quarter Master Sergeant signifying that it belonged to Squadron Quarter Master Sergeant (SQMS) Herbert MacIntosh of the 3rd (New Zealand) Troop of ‘D’ Squadron (British African) of the King’s Colonials Imperial Yeomanry. The tunic, trousers and leathers were acquired in New Zealand together with several copies of The King Edwards Horse Senior and Junior Comrades’ Association Annual Bulletins. This style of tunic does not bear breast pockets and buttons.

The manufacturers label sewn into the King’s Colonials’ Service Dress overalls was that of Hobson and Sons of London. Hobson and Sons are still in business today in Golden Grove, London and were a preferred manufacturer of Officer’s and Other Rank’s British and Colonial regimental and ceremonial, uniforms and buttons. It is noted that the uniforms of the Australian Contingent attending the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902 were also manufactured by Hobson and Sons. There may have been other manufacturers of the uniforms of the King’s Colonials which is certainly true for the buttons on their tunics.

The King's Colonials uniform shown was originally accompanied by a New Zealand Squadron water bottle with felt cover and leather strap. The felt cover was marked on the front with 'KC 57' (which is assumed to be SQSM MacIntosh's Regimental Number) and the top of metal stopper marked 'NZ'.

Figure 105: Squadron Quarter Master Sergeant Herbert MacIntosh of the 3rd (New Zealand) Troop of ‘D’ Squadron (British African) of the 4th County of London (King’s Colonials) Imperial Yeomanry.  He is wearing his Full Dress tunic (shown in the photographs which follow) and Second Pattern, Sombrero hat (without the plume of cock’s feathers) bearing the New Zealand headdress badge, khaki overalls and tan wrist gloves and leather gaiters. This photograph was taken after his visit to England in 1939 (The King Edwards Horse Senior and Junior Comrades’ Association Annual Bulletin. 15: 22, 1948).