NCO Arm Badges - 'D' and 'E' Squadrons


The wearing of arm badges by NCOs of ‘D’ Squadron (British African) may be evident in Figure 328.
 
Figure 328: Photograph of a group of ‘D’ Squadron (British African) Troopers at annual camp in 1904 with two Sergeants wearing what appears to be 'D' Squadron (British African) headdress pattern badges above their rank chevrons as NCO's arm badges.  The shape of the badge looks slightly different on the angle of the photograph and it may be that these are trade badges and not NCO's' arm badges.  

Figures 329-330 show an NCO's arm badge of ‘E’ Squadron (New Zealand) on and when removed from the tunic of Sergeant MacIntosh.

The arm badge is die-struck gilding metal with non-footed loops.  It is of the same size as that of the headdress badge.    

Figures 329-330:  An NCO's arm badge of ‘E’ Squadron (New Zealand) from the tunic of Sergeant MacIntosh with broken leaf stem.

Photographic evidence of the ‘E’ Squadron (New Zealand) arm badge actually being worn by an NCO has not been identified.

Unlike other yeomanry or cavalry senior NCO arm badges it is interesting that the King’s Colonials wore an arm badge of the same size and pattern as the headdress badge.  It is also likely that these arm badges have the same fixing loops as the headdress badge.  The tradition of cavalry and yeomanry senior NCOs wearing arm badges above or on their rank chevrons started in the late 19th century and is carried on today (Linaker, David and Dine, Gordon: Cavalry Warrant Officers And Non-Commissioned Officers Arm Badges. Military Historical Society, London 1997).