Second Pattern Headdress Badge


A later version of the King Edward’s Horse headdress badge known as the second pattern has a rounded King’s Crown (KK 1507). The War Office sealed the second pattern King Edward’s Horse headdress badge as Pattern Number 8676/1916 in gilding metal on the 22/2/1916. This badge is shown being worn in Figure 313 and in close-up in Figure 314 and was worn 1916-24.

Figure 313: Portrait photograph of Private John (Jack) Ryther Steer Bowker, 8 showing the second pattern King Edward’s Horse Other Ranks headdress badge (KK 1507) © Imperial War Museum (HU 118517).

The badge shown in Figure 314 is an Officers version, die-cast in bronze with east-west blades and was worn as part of Officers Service Dress. Bronzed versions of the die-struck gilding metal version of the headdress badge fitted with a slider are also known where a bronze finish has been applied to the front of the badge only. This is likely to be a field conversion for an Other Rank commissioned in the field.
 
Figure 314: Front and rear views of a genuine second pattern King Edward’s Horse Officer’s headdress badge (KK 1507) in bronze with a King’s Crown and east-west blades showing service wear to edges of the blades circa 1916-24. 


Examination of the group photograph of King Edward’s Horse Officers shown in Figure 315 shows that both bronze and gilding metal headdress badges (KK 1507 likely) were worn.

Figure 315: A group of King Edward’s Horse Officers at camp near Salisbury Plain in 1914 wearing both bronze and gilding metal headdress badges (Peter Nemaric collection).