King Edward's Horse (KEH) Bandsman's Uniform


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 130-131). A distinctive feature of the bandsman's tunic was the broad scarlet shoulder cords with the left adorned with a scarlet aiguillette, terminating with metal tangs (these can be seen in the photograph of the band taken in 1913-14 depicted in Figure 132). A pair of King Edward's Horse Regimental collar badges and King Edward's Horse brass buttons are shown on the tunic. The trousers bore a double vertical scarlet stripe. The cap (Figure 131) bears the additional scarlet line to the crown that set it apart from the regular King Edward's Horse service cap as was the case with the King's Colonials Service Dress cap. The badge worn in the cap was the Saxon Crown first pattern KEH headdress badge.

The photograph of the KEH band depicted in Figure 132 shows them wearing the first pattern KEH headdress badge. It clearly shows the distinctive shoulder cords and scarlet aiguillettes of the bandsman's tunics. A number of the bandsman are wearing girdles which were introduced in 1913 which helps date this particular photograph. The bandmaster shown is Quarter Master Serjeant Major Frederic Willet Skepelhorn (see Nominal Roll).

Figure 130: The King Edward's Horse bandsman's tunic circa 1910-14 (Photograph courtesy Stephen Bosley, Bosley's auction catalogue, lot number 865, March 2008).

Figures 131: The King Edward's Horse bandsman's Service Dress cap circa 1913 (Photograph courtesy Victor Taboika).

The band of the King Edward’s Horse as again described by Sergeant Bottle comprised 26 members: Bandmaster, eight Clarinetists, 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 Quarter Master Serjeant Major Frederic Willet Skepelho 

Figure 132: Band of the King Edward's Horse led by Quarter Master Serjeant Major Frederick Willet Skepelhorn, Bandmaster (second from left) in Undress Bandsman's uniform circa 1913 (R. J. Smith collection).