Museum Collections


Museum Collections
Displays of King’s Colonials and King Edwards Horse uniforms, badges and mementos were originally on display at the National Army Museum which opened in Sandhurst in 1960.   Among the items on display was a King Edward’s Horse Sergeant’s tunic and a King Edward’s Horse Recruiting Poster. Noted as being in storage was an Officer’s Mess Dress uniform, sundry items of uniform and a case of Regimental badges mainly of the King’s Colonials period that had been presented in memory of F. G. Corbett.

In 1960, the Imperial War Museum in London had on display a King's Colonials headdress badge, shoulder titles and two buttons in its Badge Room.

Today there is no permanent display of King’s Colonials, King Edward’s Horse and 2nd King Edward’s Horse uniforms or badges at either the National Army Museum or at the Imperial War Museum.  The collections of both museums list and detail a number of King’s Colonials, King Edward’s Horse and 2nd King Edward’s Horse items but the images are not available on-line.  The majority of these items are photographs, uniforms, badges and some correspondence.  I have tabulated these items below:

ItemObject TypeAccession Number 
Slouch hat, three badges and plume, King's Colonial Yeomanry, worn by King George V, 1911 (c).Uniforms1963-05-3
Cap badge and collar badge, Imperial Legion, 4th County of London (King's Colonials) Imperial Yeomanry, 1905 (c).Badges1985-06-68
Five uniform and equipment items, King's Colonial Yeomanry, worn by HM King George V, 1901-1911.Uniforms1963-05-24



Slouch hat, King's Colonials, nd.Uniforms1964-01-5
Badge and uniform items, King's Colonials, 1902 (c).Badges1958-07-80
Badge and uniform items, King's Colonials, 1902 (c).Uniforms1958-07-80
12 picture postcards (5 with messages written on them) and 6 small photographs depicting King Edward's Horse on summer manoeuvres at Salisbury (1913) and Canterbury (1914); the postcards were sent by V V Pedlar (1892-1979).Photographs1997-01-54
Box spurs, 1914; belonging to the uniform of Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant P E McEnvoy, King Edwards Horse.Horse Furniture1991-08-226
Ammunition pouch, 1914; belonging to the uniform of Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant P E McEnvoy, King Edwards Horse.Equipment, general1991-08-227
Copy photograph of a Trooper of King Edward's Horse, taken from an original photograph in the FJS Military Series, 1906 (c); copy photograph of a Church Parade of 202 Infantry Brigade (?) and featuring men of The Buffs, Canterbury, taken from an original photograph by aTonbridge photographer, 1914-1915.Photographs1992-05-51
Collection of 79 photographs relating to King Edward's Horse, 1902 (c)-1968; subjects include portraits, groups, reunion, parades, a funeral, a Coronation, camp and kit inspection.Photographs1989-09-60
28 postcard photographs collected by P E McEnvoy, King Edward's Horse, 1911-1916.Photographs1990-10-48
Cap badge, other ranks' and shoulder title, other ranks', worn by Robert Bruce Campbell, 2nd King Edward's Horse, 1915 (c); Campbell was commissioned to 2/Lt Labour Corps, 1918.Badges1991-03-125
Medal group awarded to Private Albert Thomas Pennifold, 11th Lancashire Fusiliers, also previously attached to 1st Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 6th Bn Dragoon Guards, 3rd Bn Dragoon Guards and King Edward's Horse.Medals2002-10-1
Medal group awarded to Private Ronald Lashley Bynoe, King Edward's Horse, 1914 (c)-1918 (c): 1914-15 Star; British War Medal 1914-20; Allied Victory Medal 1914-1919; associated with World War One (1914-1918).Medals2003-10-2
Small metal plate with screw fastening at the back, nd; inscribed, 'Presented By/ Lady Brake, MBE.,/ To The Memory Of Her Husband/ Sir Francis Brake, M.I.E.E, M.I.Prod. E., F.R.S.A.,/ Who Served With Distinction In/ King Edward's Horse/ In The 1914-18 War'; it is unknown where this plate came from and to what it was attached; associated with World War One (1914-1918).Equipment, general2003-12-43
Papers relating to King Edward's Horse: Regimental Orders, 15 Jul 1914; manuscript report of an address by Lt Gen R C B Hacking, XI Army Corps, concerning the importance of the regiment's action, 9 Apr 1918; two copies of a printed report to the regimental committee on the action of 9 Apr 1918; manuscript letters from Lt Col Lionel James to Denbigh, requesting and acknowledging receipt of further details of the action; letters drafted 6 and 13 Dec 1918; autographed menu, C Coy No 6 Officers' Cadet Bn, Worcester College Oxford, Dominion Day Dinner 1916; King Edward's Horse Association Bulletins - No 15 1948, No 32 1965, No 35 1968; ticket and application form for 50th Anniversary Luncheon and subscription form 1968; sketch and description of King Edward's Horse flag at Haileybury Imperial Service College; three page history of the unit from the MHS Bulletin; words and music of 'Land of Hope and Glory'.Archives1989-09-59
Papers, 1898-1918; associated with Robert Bruce Campbell, Assam Valley Light Horse, 2nd King Edward's Hope and Indian Labour Corps.Archives1991-03-151
Postcard photograph of Trooper C F Burr, King Edward's Horse, 1917 (c).Photographs1984-06-66
Flag of 1st King Edward's Horse The King's Oversea Dominions Regiment. Pencil with crayon, 1918; associated with World War One (1914-1918).Drawings and Watercolours1989-09-62
Photograph and autograph album of 1st King Edward's Horse (The King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), 1914-1915; associated with World War One, Home Front and Western Front (1914-1918).Archives2004-09-230
Photograph and autograph album of 1st King Edward's Horse (The King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), 1914-1915; associated with World War One, Home Front and Western Front (1914-1918).Photographs2004-09-230
Photograph album of 29 photographs relating to King Edward's Horse (Kings Overseas Dominions Regiment camp, 1905 (c). (Album dimensions: 17.75 x 24 x 2 cm).Photographs1989-09-58
Hotchkiss gun ammunition clip, nd; used at the Battle of Lys, 1918, during the Spring offensive when King Edward's Horse (King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), held up large forces of Germans between 9th and 12th April 1918; associated with the Battle of Lys, World War One, Western Front (1914-1918) 1918.Ammunition1958-07-81
Twelve photographs associated with regimental silver of King Edward's Horse (King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), 1904 (c)-1917; deposited at Hailybury College.Photographs1981-01-82
Shoulder title, King Edward's Horse (The King's Overseas Dominians Regiment), nd; standard pattern, sealed pattern, 1916.Badges1992-07-156
Three photographs associated with Leinster Regiment, King Edward's Horse and King's Own Royal Regiment, 1880 (c)-1918 (c).Photographs1982-09-52
Lapel badge, British Legion, associated with SQMS P E McEvoy, formally of King Edward's Horse (King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), 1950 (c).Badges1992-03-67
Five buttons, associated with SQMS P E McEvoy, formally of King Edward's Horse (King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), 1913 (c)-1918.Badges1992-03-68
Three shoulder titles, 2nd King Edward's Horse, 1916; sealed pattern, 1916.Badges1992-02-181
Two shoulder titles, King Edward's Horse (King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), 1916; sealed pattern, 1916.Badges1992-02-180
Cap badge, all ranks', King Edward's Horse (King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), 1916; sealed pattern, 1916.Badges1992-02-179
Five lapel badges associated with SQMS P E McEvoy, King Edward's Horse (King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), 1914 (c).Badges1991-08-231
Five buttons worn by SQMS P E McEvoy, King Edward's Horse (King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), 1914 (c).Badges1991-08-230
Collar badge, other ranks', King Edward's Horse (King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), 1911-1924 (c).Badges1985-06-69
Cap badge, other ranks', King Edward's Horse (King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), 1910 (c).Badges1985-08-42
Photograph of King Edward's Horse Association Lunch, Jun 1962.Photographs1963-09-108
Uniform and equipment items, King Edward's Horse (The King's Oversea Dominions Regiments), worn by SQNQMS P E McEvoy, 1913 (c)-1918 (c).Uniforms1991-08-224



Eleven uniform and equipment items, King Edward's Horse (The King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), worn by Major Sir Ralph Furse, 1913 (c).Uniforms1958-07-79






Nine uniform and equipment items, King Edward's Horse (The King's Oversea Dominions Regiment), 1905-1919.Equipment, uniform1959-07-97
Cap badge, King Edward's Horse, 1916.Badges1955-03-254
Shoulder titles, King Edward's Horse, 1916.Badges1955-03-309
Shoulder titles, King Edward's Horse, 1916.Badges1955-03-310
Pair of shoulder chains, officers', 2nd King Edward's Horse, worn by 2/Lt R B Thompson, 1900 (c).
(Author's note - these are either King Edward's Horse or the date is 1914-17).
Uniforms1991-04-35
Mess jacket, Majors', King Edward's Horse (King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), worn by Lt Col L James, 1910 (c).Uniforms1960-04-93
All ranks' shoulder title, 2nd King Edward's Horse (The King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), 1914-1917.Badges1985-10-112
Forage cap, three jackets, buttons and pair of collar badges, King Edward's Horse, worn by Crosbie Alfred Norman Garstin, nd.Uniforms1961-08-79
Officer's sword associated with King Edward's Horse, belonged to Col Lionel James, nd; with leather scabbard, sword knot and steel scabbard.Edged Weapons1960-05-47
Cavalry sword, other ranks, associated with King Edward's Horse (King's Overseas Dominions Regiment), 1912 (c)-1918 (c); hilt stamped '12.1912 D1G', with label, 'Presented by Lady Brake, MBE, to the Memory of her Husband, Sir Francis Brake ... K.E.H., in the 1914-18 War'; associated with World War One (1914-1918).Edged Weapons1960-11-156
Cap badge, other ranks', 2nd King Edward's Horse, 1914.Badges1959-04-253
Twenty badge items, King Edward's Horse, nd; contained in a frame.Badges1959-07-98
King Edward's Horse / The King's Overseas Dominions Regiment Special Reserve. Colonel in Chief His Majesty the King. Coloured chromolithograph after Hassall, 1908 (c).Prints1959-07-99


The majority of the badges tabulated above are noted within this website. The R. C. Whittock collection of King's Colonials badges are held by the National Army Museum (see Figure 109 under Badge Manufacture).   I would be delighted to hear from anyone if they get an opportunity to visit and obtain clear photographs of any of these items which they could do by arranging to see these objects in advance.  

The Australian War Museum lists a single King Edward’s Horse headdress badge in its collection but it is not available to view on-line. The badge is actually a Gaunt copy.