King's Colonials Full Dress 1905-10


King's Colonials Full Dress 1905-10 King's Colonials Full Dress 1905-10
In 1905, the regimental title was simplified to the King’s Colonials Imperial Yeomanry and a less flamboyant Second Pattern of headdress known as the ‘Sombrero hat’ was introduced for the Full Dress uniform.  The Sombrero hat had a significantly reduced crown now in proportion and was a light shade of drab felt with a wide brim bound with drab silk.  The brim was curled around the edge sweeping up on the left side.  A scarlet silk puggaree made up of three deep folds was worn around the base.  A plume socket on the left side brim held a plume of long black cock’s feathers which swept down to the wearer’s left shoulder bersaglieri fashion.  The plume of black cock’s feathers was longer for Officer’s relative to that of the Other Ranks.  The cap lines disappeared and all bar one of the headdress badges was dispensed with as detailed in a later section.  Officer's swords were now carried on parade in a steel scabbard from leather slings beneath the tunic.  

Figure 91:  Photograph showing the simplified Second Pattern headdress being worn as part of the Full Dress uniform by an Officer and Other Ranks of ‘C’ Squadron (Australian) of the King’s Colonials Imperial Yeomanry circa 1905-06.  The Officer and Other Ranks are wearing ‘C’ Squadron (Australian) headdress and collar badges (R. J. Smith collection).

Figure 92:  Photograph showing the Second Pattern headdress being worn as part of the Full Dress uniform of a Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (standing far left), NCOs and Other Ranks of the 3rd (New Zealand) Troop of ‘D’ (South African) Squadron of the King’s Colonials Imperial Yeomanry circa 1905-06. The Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant is wearing a Second Pattern Regimental headdress badge and the Other Ranks are wearing New Zealand headdress and matching collar badges.   The two trumpeters seated in the front row are both wearing cloth trumpeter arm badges on the left upper sleeve (shown in Denis Edwards and David Langley: British Army Proficiency Badges. The Sherwood Press, Nottingham, 1984 as 156A).  The corporal trumpeter on the left is wearing his cloth trumpeter arm badge above his two rank chevrons.  The Senior NCOs are carrying swords and the Other Ranks are wearing Boer War period, 50-round Mills equipment webbing bandoliers (David Stewart collection).