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New Zealand Cadet Unit Badges

  • The numerous Cadet Corps formed during the Volunteer period became Public School Cadets under the control of the Education Dept on July 5, 1902. 

On 17 March 1911 a new Cadet Corps was formed and was divided into Junior Cadets for boys from 12 to 14 years and Senior Cadets for boys aged 14 years and above. Each Senior Cadet wore a fern leaf badge with the Unit's designated number in the centre.

After the Great War the Cadet Corps gradually adopted the badges of the Regiment or district to which they were attached. The General issue badge in use today was first issued in 1950.

A really interesting Kiwi badge is the one worn by the RF Cadets. SEE ABOVE LEFT. That badge is the "Dickson Arms" in silver. That badge was originally worn in brass by school cadet officer Instructors. Anyway, at the end of WWII, they wanted to do something special for the opening of parliament and they found a bunch of "Dickson Arms" badges...they had them silver plated and they were worn on that occassion. A couple of years later when the RF Cadets were formed, they were unsure of which badge to issue them, they wanted something "special" and one of the officers who had been on the parliament guard remembered the silver dipped badges worn several years earlier, and that was how the Kiwi RF Cadets came to have silver (later chrome) cap badges with the "Dickson Arms."

Public School Cadets (ED-VII) Junior Cadets (GEO V) 23rd Cadets, note blank scroll
105th Cadets, note blank scroll 26th Senior Cadets 76th Senior Cadets

Auckland Grammar Cadets 4th Cadet Bn Canterbury Regt Scots College Senior Cadet Corps
Nelson College Rifle Cadet Corps Christchurch Boys HS Cadets St Andrews College Cadets
Wellington College Cadets (shield) NZ Air Training Corps Wellington College Cadets (lion)
NZ Senior Cadets Band COPY Badge
Boys High School Cadets
  • This information is provided as a guide only. No commercial decision should be based on it.

  • Some details from Badges & Insignia of the New Zealand Army by Geoffrey P Oldham. I recommend any collector uses his publication ISBN 0-473-04378-5

  • I do not buy, sell, trade or provide valuations. Any advice I gave may be commercially worthless.


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