Regimental Badge Devices on Swords


The sword of Major John Howard who commanded ‘B’ Squadron (Canadian) of the King’s Colonials and later King Edward’s Horse (1902-1913) is shown in Figures 335a-c.   Major Howard was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 17th June 1856 and died in March 1929 in London.  He was an original Officer in the King’s Colonials having joined in 1902 after service with the Canadian 66th Regiment.  Major Howard reverted to the rank of Captain in 1913 and did not see service in the Great War.  He went on to become Agent General of Nova Scotia in 1892.

The sword bears the Regimental device in the style of the second pattern Regimental headdress badge (KK 1371).  It was made by John Chalk and Dawson of London and bears Major Howard’s initials JH.    

Figure  335a: Upper section of the sword blade of Major John Howard of ‘B’ Squadron (Canadian) of the King’s Colonials and later King Edward’s Horse (1902-1913) (Peter Nemaric collection).

Figure 335b King’s Colonials regimental motifs on the blade of Major Howard's sword (Peter Nemaric collection).  

Figure 335c:  Major John Howard who commanded ‘B’ Squadron (Canadian) of the King’s Colonials, 1902-13.