Officer's Pouch Badge & 'KC' Cypher Badge

The Officer’s and senior NCO’s pouch itself bore a smaller size second pattern Regimental pouch badge (in the style of KK 1371) in gilt attached using two screw posts as shown in Figures 286-287. This badge is the same size as an Officer's second pattern Regimental collar badge and is of the same manufacture with a flat back. Most pouch badges are attached through the leather using screw posts as is the later King Edward's Horse pouch badge shown in Figure 344.

Figures 286-287: Front and rear images of the smaller Regimental pouch badge with screw threads.

Figure 288 show the front images of a cypher comprised of the entwined letters K and C. The badge is die struck in bronze with two copper loops. This is attributed to be a King’s Colonials badge and an example is depicted in the collection of Bob Gray (Figure 166). It has been suggested that this badge may have been worn as an Other Ranks’ pouch badge, however, pouch belts and pouches were only worn by Officers and their pouches bore a second pattern Regimental badge as shown in the previous section.

Photographic evidence of this cypher badge being worn is required to make a definitive identification as to it being a King’s Colonial badge rather than a King’s Crown type cypher.
Figure 288: An example of an unknown KC cypher badge possibly attributed to the King’s Colonials.