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New Zealand's Corps badges, 1911 to present  Page 1
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Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps

Royal NZ Armoured Corps K/C Officers Badge

Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps was the result of amalgamating the 9 Mounted Rifle Regiments and the 18th, 19th & 20 Battalions who were serving in Italy. This happened on March 29, 1944. On 12 July 1947 the Corps was granted the "Royal" prefix.

  • Collar dogs are identical but smaller

  • The badge has been manufactured in bi metal (see above left) and in whitemetal (see left)



  • Queen's Crown version also available. See below


Royal NZ Armoured Corps bullion embroidered officers hat badge. Measures 60mm high.
1st Armoured Car Regiment (New Zealand Scottish) RNZAC.
1st Armoured Car Regiment (New Zealand Scottish) Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps. This was formed in 1939 on 17 January as a Territorial Infantry unit. In 1949 it was reformed as 1st Divisional Regiment RNZAC (New Zealand Scottish). Later still it was renamed 1st Armoured Car Regiment (New Zealand Scottish) RNZAC.

Collar dogs in 2 versions

Sporran badge for the First Armoured Car Regiment The NZ Scottish RNZAC. New Zealand SCOTTISH 1st Armoured Car Regiment now a TANK Regiment

Formed 17th January 1939 as a Territorial Infantry unit. Reformed as 1st Divisional Regiment RNZAC (New Zealand Scottish) in 1949, later to become 1st Armoured Car Regiment (New Zealand Scottish) RNZAC

The design of this badge is directly derived from that most famous Scottish Regiment "The BLACK WATCH" who wear the identical badge as their collar badge

The New Zealand Scottish Regiment also wears the tartan (Plaid) of the Scottish Black Watch, and wear their sporran also on ceremonial occasions.

NZ Scottish Regiment Pair White Metal Collars

  • 1st Armoured Car Regiment (New Zealand Scottish) Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps.
  • Embroidered/bullion version.
New Zealand Army Air Corps
Army Air Corps. Established 9 August 1963.


2 versions of collar dogs

Royal New Zealand Army Service Corps

  • RNZ Army Service Corps.
    • Formed 1 March 1913 and saw service in Egypt during WW1. 
    • In 1922 the Permanent Army Service Corps was formed and was amalgamated with the Territorial Force on 9 January 1947. 
    • The prefix "Royal" was granted on 12 July 1947 and on 12 May 1979 was renamed the Royal New Zealand Corps of Transport.
  • Above left: 1st version
  • Below left: 2nd Version
  • Below : Last badge worn before amalgamation into Logistics Regiment.

Royal New Zealand Army Service Corps collar dogs (2 styles: E II R & Geo 6)

Artillery in it's various forms

'A' Battery NZ Field Artillery

SCARCE NZ Field Artillery Brass Cap Badge

NZ Field Artillery

Pre WW1 New Zealand Field Artillery Brass cap badge. This scarce badge has "Ubique" in the top scroll and "NZ Field  Art'y." in the base scroll. 

The New Zealand Artillery Volunteers were redesignated in 1911 to the Regiment of New Zealand Artillery. 

It was amalgamated with Regiment of Royal New Zealand Artillery to form the Royal New Zealand Artillery.

This badge was made in both bronze (above left) and brass (lower left).

New Zealand Field Artillery enameled badge

NZ Field Artillery sweetheart badge

Regiment of NZ Artillery. Until 1911 was known as the New Zealand Artillery Volunteers. It was amalgamated with the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery.
  • Some badges had "NZ" in the top scroll and some had "New Zealand"


  • Some were voided as the upper left photo shows.
  • Some were solid as the lower left photo shows.

Royal Regiment of NZ Artillery was formed 15 October 1902.
  • Variations include 
    • RNZA in the top scroll with "QOU FAS ET GLORIA DUCUNT" in the base.
    • "UBIQUE" IN top scroll & "ROYAL NEW ZEALAND ARTILLERY" in base.
    • "UBIQUE" in top scroll with "ROYAL N.Z. ARTILLERY in the base.
King's Crown & Queen's Crown versions exist

Royal New Zealand Artillery collar dogs

NZ Field Artillery sweetheart.

New Zealand Band Corps
  • NZ Band Corps (above)

  • Hat badge in "Onward" frame (right)

  • 2 variations of collar badges (below)

Below: 3 variations of Musicians hat badges

New Zealand Cadet Corps

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 BELOW.  

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 occasion. 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."
Royal New Zealand Chaplains Department

 Motto: In this Sign conquer.

The first chaplain associated with New Zealand Forces was Bishop Selwyn during the Maori Wars. With the permission of the Imperial Government he appointed three additional Chaplains to work with him.

During the Boer War, the first 1st New Zealand chaplain to serve overseas and see active service was Rev. A W Compton who went with the 8th Contingent followed by two with the 9th and two with the 10th Contingent. Their badges were cloth Maltese crosses, smaller versions being worn as collar badges.

These badges were later struck in brass until 1931 when a Crown was added. The Territorial Army saw the formation of a Chaplains' Department which was given approval to wear the badge of the British Army Chaplains Department as of October 1937. The Department was designated the Royal New Zealand Chaplains' Department on 12 July 1947.

Dress distinctions. The wearing of black edging on the shoulder strap was abolished in 1924. The Department wore black metal buttons and black rank badges. A strip of purple material, half- inch wide is worn on the shoulder strap immediately above the shoulder seam and below the badges of rank.

RNZChD officers wear anodised silver crosses as collar badges on the green drill summer dress and on the Combat dress.

NZ Chaplains Department K/C Brass Cap Badge


  • Hat and collar badges of the NZ Chaplains Department which became part of the Territorial force in 1911 after being formed during the Boer War. 
  • The badge worn after 1937 was the British Army Chaplain's badge. 
  • The Dept was granted the "Royal" prefix 12 July 1947 and in 1980 was granted it's own badge. 
Royal New Zealand Corps of Transport

Crown is void

  • Royal New Zealand Corps of Transport was raised on 12 May 1979 and was created from the Royal New Zealand Army Service Corps. 
  • It was absorbed into the Royal New Zealand Logistics Regiment on 9 December 1996.


Royal New Zealand Dental Corps.

Collar dogs are identical but smaller

  • 7 November 1915 saw the formation of the New Zealand Dental Service Corps and on 24 February 1916 this was renamed New Zealand Dental Corps. They served with Field Ambulance units in Gallipoli, Egypt and France during WW1. 
  • 9 January 1947 saw a name change to New Zealand Army Dental corps and the right to use the prefix "Royal" was granted 12 July 1947.

Original badge

SCARCE NZ Dental Corps 1st Patt Cap BadgeSCARCE NZ Dental Corps 1st Patt Cap Badge

NZ Dental Corps Kiwi Centre Pair Brass Coll Badges
2nd version cap & collar: Dental Corps 3rd version cap & collar: Dental Corps
  • This information is provided as a guide only. No commercial decision should be based on it.

    • Many images from Phillip James of New Zealand. 

    • 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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