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."