King Edward's Horse Bandsman's Tunic and Gramophone Record


The King Edward's Horse bandsman's tunic was of khaki cloth with scarlet mohair lace to the collar and cuffs as per the Full Dress tunic of the Officer's and Other Ranks (Figures 104b and c).  A distinctive feature of the bandsman's tunic was the broad scarlet shoulder cords with the left adorned with a scarlet aiguillettes, terminating with metal tangs.  A pair of King Edward's Horse Regimental collar badges and King Edward's Horse brass buttons are shown on the tunic.

Figures 104b and c: The King Edward's Horse bandsman's tunic circa 1910-14 (Photographs courtesy Stephen Bosley, Bosley's auction catalogue, lot number 865, March 2008).

The band of the King Edward’s Horse as again described by Sergeant Bottle comprised 26 members: Bandmaster, eight Clarinettists, four Cornets, French Horn, Eb Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Euphonium, Saxophone, two tenor Trombones, one Bass Trombone, Bombardon, Bass Drum, Side Drum and Cymbals.

The band of King Edward’s Horse was led by Bandmaster Skepelhorn in 1914 who became Squadron Quarter Master Sergeant and was later commissioned in the Royal Army Service Corps.

The band of King Edward's Horse made a gramophone recording of 'Popular Airs I' which was available commercially (Figure 104d).

Figure 104d: A gramophone recording of 'Popular Airs' by the band of King Edward's Horse.