King’s Colonials Bandsman's Uniform 1901-10


The Regiment's Military Band’s First Pattern felt hat worn with the Full Dress uniform differed from that of the regular 4th County of London (King’s Colonials) Imperial Yeomanry felt hat in that its plume had a white base and it carried a gilt lyre badge below the Regimental badge to the front and turned up side of the headdress.
 
Figure 124:  Trumpet Major Peter Anderson, Bandmaster of the 4th County of London (King’s Colonials) Imperial Yeomanry in Full Dress uniform circa 1902 (R. J. Smith collection).
 
Figure 125:  Trumpet Major Peter Anderson, Bandmaster leading the band of the 4th County of London (King’s Colonials) Imperial Yeomanry in Full Dress uniform at Horse Guards Parade on April 27th 1902 (R. J. Smith collection).


Sergeant Henry C. Bottle, a clarinetist in the military band of the King Edward’s Horse describes the uniform in Number 32 of The King Edward’s Horse Old Comrades Association Bulletin: Cap - Brown with a red band; Jacket – Brown, small gilt buttons, heavy red braid epaulettes and red braid cords with two-pointed gilt metal tabs at end; Belt (Lancer waist belt in King Edwards Horse colours – King Edward VII racing colours); Overalls – Brown with double red stripes; Boots – Black wellingtons inside overalls.  The Undress uniform khaki forage cap again differed from that worn by the regular 4th County of London (King’s Colonials) Imperial Yeomanry by having a scarlet top of the crown and was worn with a gilt lyre badge to the front.

Figure 126:  Band of the King’ Colonials led by Trumpet Major Peter Anderson, Bandmaster (second from left) in Undress uniform 1902 (Navy and Army Illustrated. London: Elliot & Fry, Volume XIV: Number 274, 147-148, May 3rd 1902).