NCOs' Arm Badges & Shoulder Titles


The senior NCOs of the King Edward's Horse continued the practice of the senior NCOs of the King's Colonials in wearing the Regimental badge also as an arm badge above their rank chevrons. Figure 340 is an image of the King Edward’s Horse tunic (originally shown in Figures 136-137) of Sergeant with an arm badge about the rank chevrons and below the trade badge (harness maker on this tunic) of the right sleeve. The arm badge is in the same style as the ‘spikey’ Saxon Crown headdress badge (KK 1506) (Figures 304-306) and it would follow that arm badges may also be found of the pattern of the later King’s Crown headdress badge (KK 1507). It is likely that the senior NCO arm badges would have had loops for attaching through the tunic rather than a slider for wearing in the cap.

Figure 340:  Close-up photograph of the right shoulder of the Undress uniform tunic of a Sergeant of the King Edward’s Horse (from Figures 136-137) circa 1914. A khaki trade proficiency badge for a harness maker is worn uppermost on the right sleeve above the gilding metal King Edward’s Horse Regimental badge (KK 1506) and above the gold on khaki backing cloth rank chevrons (Peter Nemaric collection).

Officers and Other Ranks of the King Edward’s Horse wore a distinctive two-tier shoulder title in gilding metal bearing KEH over KODR for King Edward’s Horse - King’s Own Dominion Regiment (Westlake Ref No 204). The shoulder titles were worn on the Full and Undress tunics on the shoulder chains (Figure 341) or directly on the Service Dress tunic (Figure 342).

Figure 341: A shoulder title of the King Edward’s Horse in gilding metal on shoulder chains of the Undress tunic (Figures 136-137) circa 1914 (Peter Nemaric collection). 

Figures 342: A King Edward's Horse shoulder title being worn on the Service Dress tunic of an un-named Private. The Private is wearing the 1903 Leather Equipment with the bandolier having nine pockets, five on the front and an additional four on the rear (Pierre Vandervelden collection).