Squadron OSD Collar Badges


In the Colin Churchill collection there were two pairs of die-struck ‘A’ (British Asian) Squadron and 'B' (British American) Squadron collar badges in bronze with east-west copper loops (Figures 205-206) together with a single ‘E’ (New Zealand) Squadron cast bronze collar badge. An example of another New Zealand Squadron bronze collar from my own collection is shown in Figure 207. On a previous page, there is a photograph of my pair of bronze collar badges for the British African Squadron with a matching headdress badge in bronze. Bronze collar badges have not been identified for the Australian Squadron. The bronze British African Squadron headdress badge is the only bronze Squadron badge I have seen to date but it is possible that examples exist for the other Squadrons. As already noted, these bronze badges were for wear with Officer's Service Dress (OSD).

The Colin Churchill collection also contained a single King’s Colonials second pattern Regimental collar badge in bronze with a flat back and I have shown my own example earlier. There is photographic evidence of the bronze second pattern Regimental headdress badge being worn but not bronze Squadron badges.

Figure 205: Front and rear images of a ‘A’ Squadron (British Asian) Officer’s collar badge in bronze (Images reproduced with kind permission C&T Auctioneers, United Kingdom).

Figure 206: Front and rear images of a ‘B’ Squadron (British American) Officer’s collar badge in bronze (Images reproduced with kind permission C&T Auctioneers, United Kingdom).

Figure 207: Front and rear images of an 'E' Squadron (New Zealand) Officer's collar badge in bronze with a flat back.