Regimental Collar Badges - First Pattern - Other Ranks


From 1901 until 1905 the Other Ranks of the King’s Colonials wore a pair of unique Regimental collar badges with a ‘KC’ monogram inter-twined in gilding metal. These collar badges were worn as a non-opposing pair as shown in Figure 196 in a close-up image of Private Angel. These collar badges are referenced by Churchill and Westlake as 4th County of London (King’s Colonials) Imperial Yeomanry first pattern in gilding metal (Churchill and Westlake  Ref No 114) and are shown in Figure 263. A stylised version of this collar badge is also depicted in an Edwardian-period Gaunt catalogue.

Figure 196: Close-up image of the first pattern Regimental Other Ranks collar badges of the King’s Colonials (Churchill and Westlake Ref No 114) being worn by Private Angel circa 1904 (Courtesy David Knight).

The first pattern Regimental collar badges were manufactured as die-struck badges with a flat back in gilding metal and are fitted with north-south copper loops as shown in Figure 197.

Figure 197: First pattern Regimental Other Ranks collar badge of the King’s Colonials (Churchill and Westlake Ref No 114) worn 1901-05.

As a distinction of Other Ranks attached to the Regimental Headquarters (1901-05), the first pattern die-struck collar badges were worn with square-shaped, scarlet backing cloths. These cloth backed collar badges can be seen in the photograph of Private Angel (Figure 196). These also featured in part of the Colin Churchill collection, sold by C & T Auctioneers in November 2015 (Figure 197).

Figure 197: A pair of first pattern Regimental Other Ranks collar badges in gilding metal with scarlet backing cloths worn by when attached to the King’s Colonials Regimental Headquarters (Churchill and Westlake Ref No 114) among a selection of King's Colonials and later King Edward's Horse collar badges from an auction lot of part of the Colin Churchill collection (Images reproduced with kind permission C&T Auctioneers, United Kingdom).