King's Colonials Service Dress 1905-10


The Officers and Other Ranks of the King’s Colonials Imperial Yeomanry wore the standard British Army Service Dress khaki tunic with a stand-and-fall collar with or without shoulder chains from about 1904 (Figures 47-51).  Regulation Service Dress replaced both Full Dress and Undress uniforms for the King’s Colonials Imperial Yeomanry from about 1907 when it became standard uniform for the cavalry and yeomanry.   The Officers rank was displayed on the cuff from 1907/08. 

Figure 79:  Mounted Troopers of the Australian, British African and New Zealand Troops of the King’s Colonials Imperial Yeomanry wearing a mixture of standard British Army Service Dress tunics and Undress tunics at signal training probably at annual camp circa 1908.   The Sergeant is wearing a standard British Army Service Dress tunic with ‘C’ Squadron headdress and matching collar badges (Iain Davidson collection).
 
Figure 80:  A photograph of the Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (left, front row) wearing a Second Pattern Regimental headdress badge, the Squadron Sergeant Major (left, rear row) wearing the ‘D’ Squadron (British African) headdress badge, Sergeant MacIntosh (right, rear row) and a Corporal ( right, front row) of the 3rd Troop (New Zealand) of ‘D’ Squadron (British African) wearing Australasian headdress badges of the King’s Colonials Imperial Yeomanry wearing standard British Army Service Dress tunics, overalls and the first pattern khaki forage caps circa 1904.  The Officer of the 3rd Troop, ‘D’ Squadron (British African) (middle, rear row) is wearing Undress uniform with the Australasian headdress badge. Sergeant MacIntosh is equipped with a Boer War period, 50-round Mills equipment webbing bandolier and puttees.
 
Figure 81:  A photograph of Private Sydney Harris (sitting) and fellow Troopers of ‘B’ Squadron (British American) during the annual camp of the King’s Colonials Imperial Yeomanry wearing different styles of unofficial Undress uniform headdress and Boer War period, 50-round Mills equipment webbing bandolier circa 1905.  Private Harris and the Trooper on the far right are wearing a distinctive New Zealand ‘Lemon-Squeezer’ headdress and the Trooper second from right is wearing his Full Dress Sombrero hat with the brim turned up to one side and without the plume of cock’s feathers (Carole McEntee-Taylor. From Colonial Warrior to Western Front Flyer: The Five Wars of Sydney Herbert Bywater Harris. London: Pen and Sword, 2015).