The Wearing of Collar Badges

The Wearing of Collar Badges The Wearing of Collar Badges
The wearing of Squadron collar badges continued beyond the change of title of the Regiment from King’s Colonials to King Edward’s Horse in 1910.  There are several photographs of members of the King Edward’s Horse wearing the former Squadron collar badges for example in Figure 319.  Additionally, the King Edward’s Horse tunic shown in Figure has a pair of the ‘C’ Squadron collar badges (KK 1376) with a King Edward’s Horse headdress badge as a NCO arm badge and KEH buttons.  

Figure 319: Close-up image of a Sergeant of King Edward’s Horse circa 1913 (from Figure 149) wearing the King Edward’s Horse headdress badge, King Edward’s Horse KEH/KODR shoulder titles and a pair of ‘B’ Squadron (British American) Other Ranks collar badges of the King’s Colonials (KK 1374). 

Many of the photographs of the King’s Colonials in the period post-1905 show Troopers not to be wearing collar badges on their Service Dress tunics. The composite image shown in Figure 320 (from Figure 115) shows a Trooper of 'D' Squadron (British African), two Troopers of ‘C’ Squadron (Australian) and one Trooper from 3rd Troop (New Zealand) of 'D' Squadron. Only one of these Troopers, one of the two from 'C' Squadron is wearing his Squadron collar badges.

The wearing of collar badges on Service Dress by the King’s Colonials became optional around 1907.

Figure 320: Composite image of the ‘C’ (Australian) Squadron Other Ranks headdress badges (KK 1376) being worn with and without a matching pair of collar badges taken from the King’s Colonial mounted group photograph (Figure 115) circa 1905 (Iain Davidson collection).