Second Pattern Regimental Headdress Badge


The second pattern Regimental headdress badge bears the 'KC' cypher surmounted by Prince of Wales’s plumes and coronet all resting on a tri-part scroll inscribed “Regi Adsumus Coloni” (Colonials venturing for the King) (KK 1371). This badge was worn beneath the first pattern Regimental badge on the front and the turned-up, left brim of the first pattern Full Dress felt hat by Officer’s of the Regimental Headquarters staff from 1901 to 1905.  It was also worn on the front of the Undress uniform first pattern forage cap from 1901 to 1905 by Officers of the Regimental Headquarters staff as shown in Figure 187.  

Figure 187: Close-up image from the group photograph in Figure 85 of the second pattern, Regimental headdress badge (KK 1371) being worn on the Undress peaked cap with matching collar badges by the Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant of the King’s Colonials circa 1905 (Peter Nemaric collection).

From 1905, the second pattern Regimental headdress badge was worn on the turned-up side of the second pattern Full Dress bush hat and on the front of the Undress second pattern peaked service cap by Officers of the Regimental Headquarters Staff.

In 1909-10, when the Squadron badges were abandoned as the Dominion associations and designations were lost (as noted in the section on the Regimental history), they were said to have been replaced by the second pattern Regimental headdress badge (KK 1371) on the Full Dress bush hat and Undress peaked service cap.  The photographic evidence, however, supports that the Squadron badges were worn up until the Regiment became the King Edward's Horse in 1910 and King Edward's Horse headdress badges were worn from that time onward.

Kipling and King state that the second pattern Regimental badge (KK 1371) was made in gilt, bronze, and gilding-metal and in two sizes. The reference to two sizes is of interest. Kipling and King noted that the second pattern Regimental badge worn on the upturned side of the Full Dress headdress was smaller than the one worn on the front of the headdress and that this smaller version of the badge was worn on the front of the Undress forage and peaked caps. To date, no examples of different sizes of genuine examples of this badge have been identified. The Officer's pouch badge is, however, a small version of this badge as can be seen in Figure and it could have been this smaller sized badges which Kipling and King were referring to.

Although second pattern Regimental badges are generally found in gilt for Officer’s and gilding metal for Other Rank’s, I have in my own collection a genuine example in bronze (see Figures 188-189). This bronze badge would have been for wear with the Officer's Service Dress uniform. Contemporary photographs of these badges being worn do not show darkened badges as would have been observed if the badges were bronzed. Bronzed collar badges are known from the Colin Churchill collection (see later section) and these were thought to be for Officer’s Service Dress but again no photographic evidence of them being worn has been identified.

A genuine second pattern Regimental Officer’s headdress badge in die-cast bronze for wear with Officer's Service Dress is shown in Figures 188-189.  It has three blades/tangs, one placed vertically behind the centre of the Prince of Wales’s plumes and the other two positioned east-west at the ends of the Regimental motto scroll consistent with the loop positions on a genuine gilding metal Officer's and Other Ranks headdress badges.  This is the only example of an OSD pattern headdress badge to the King's Colonials I have seen.  There are King's Colonials Squadron collar badges also in bronze as OSD collar badges shown later on this website and it is likely that these badges were produced for wear as part of Officer's Service Dress but no photographic evidence of the badges being worn has been identified to date.

Figures 188-189:  A genuine second pattern Officer’s Regimental King’s Colonial headdress badge for Officer's Service Dress (as per KK 1371) in die-cast bronze with three blades.