King’s Edward’s Horse Undress Uniform 1910-14


The Officers and Other Ranks Undress uniform of King Edward's Horse was as per that of the King’s Colonials (1905-10) except with new Regimental badges and buttons were worn with the forage cap and tunic.  

Figure 136: Photograph of an unnamed Permanent Staff Instructor, Squadron Sergeant Major (SSM), King Edward’s Horse in Undress uniform with a forage cap with a tan leather peak circa 1912.  He is wearing ‘A’ Squadron (British Asian) collar badges, a King Edward’s Horse headdress badge and a bullion crown denoting his rank above a further King Edward’s Horse badge worn above his rank chevrons.  He is wearing a five bar Queen's South Africa medal, a two bar King's South Africa medal and an Army Long Service and Good Conduct medal which was awarded to Regular Force non-commissioned officers and men who had completed eighteen years of irreproachable service.  

Figure 137: Painting of a Squadron Sergeant Major (SSM) of the King Edward’s Horse in Undress uniform based upon the photograph in Figure 136 circa 1912. The SSM in the painting unlike in the photograph is wearing the Lancer style girdle and has an Efficiency star above his right sleeve cuff denoting that he has attended a sufficient number of drills, parades and an annual camp over four years (R. J. Smith collection).

Figure 138: Postcard photograph of (left to right): Permanent Staff Instructor, Squadron Sergeant Major (as per Figures 137-138); an as yet unidentified Captain (three pips on his sleeve rank panel); Lieutenant George Gray Russell (later Major Russell who commanded 'A' Squadron of King Edward's Horse.  He was born in New Zealand and came to England in 1902 to study at Oxford University where he joined the King's Colonials. He appears on the 1910 Officers Nominal Roll as a Second Lieutenant and was promoted to Captain on the 5 November 1912.  He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and Mentioned in Dispatches three times and died on the 7 August 1965). Squadron Quarter Master Serjeant Frederick Willet Skepelhorn (born 1873 and served in the Boer War with 10th Hussars and after service in King Edward's Horse he was promoted to Second Lieutenant with the Army Service Corps and died in 1930) with Queen's South Africa and King's South Africa medal ribbon bars and an embroidered crown above four inverted chevrons on both sleeves. Serjeant Tiplady 'A' Squadron with a Queen's South Africa medal (?) with multiple bars and 'A' Squadron King's Colonial collar badges. The postcard dates to between 1912 and August 1914.