Regimental Collar Badges - Second Pattern


On formation in 1901 until 1910 the Officers of the King’s Colonials wore pairs of second pattern Regimental collar badges (Churchill and Westlake Ref No 115). These collar badges are a smaller version of the second pattern, Regimental headdress badge (KK 1371) worn with the Officer’s Full Dress, Undress and Service Dress uniforms as shown in Figure 199. These collar badges bear the Prince of Wales feathers atop inter-twined the letters KC above the motto.

Figure 199: Close up photograph of an Australasian Squadron Officer of the King' Colonials showing the second Regimental Pattern collar badges circa 1904.

Officer’s wore these collar badges in gilt and a pair are shown with an Officer's second Regimental pattern headdress badge in Figure 200. These collar badges are semi-die cast with a flat back with an indent at the bottom of the Regimental motto scroll. This pair of collar badges have gilt loops but flat backed Officer's collar badges are noted with copper loops again positioned north-south. Also shown in Figure 200 is a single bronzed flat backed die cast second Pattern Regimental collar badge. These were made to be worn as Officer's Service Dress and match an OSD headdress badge as shown in Figure 189. There was another example of this bronzed collar badge in the Colin Churchill collection sold in 2015.

Figure 200: A pair of second pattern Regimental Officer’s headdress and collar badges (Churchill and Westlake Ref No 115) semi-die cast in gilt with an additional collar badge in bronze.

There are also examples of the second pattern Regimental collar badges in die struck gilding metal as shown in Figure 201. It is my opinion that these gilding metal collar badges were worn by the Regimental Serjeant Major and senior NCOs of the Regimental Headquarters staff.

Figure 201: A pair of second pattern Regimental Officer’s headdress and collar badges (Churchill and Westlake Ref No 115) in die cast gilding metal.