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Cap & collar badges of New Zealand's Mounted Units circa 1911/1919
New Zealand raised and supported 12 Mounted Units in 1911.They all served in WW1.NZs proportion of mounted to infantry was different from Australia's. 

Australia raised 15 Mounted Regiments and 60 Battalions of Infantry. The Kiwi's raised 12 Mounted Rifle Units and 17 Infantry units. 

Like the Australian Light Horse the New Zealand Mounted Rifles were Mounted Infantry not cavalry ( despite names like 'hussars' or 'yeomanry cavalry') and they were sometimes used as infantry.

The hat badge and collar dogs shown right are for the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Reinforcements. Details

For Queen Alexandra's Own Band badge

1st Mounted Rifles, Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry badge & collar dogs

Queen Alexandra's 2nd (Wellington West Coast) Mounted Rifles


Photo by Shaun Aumua

3rd (Auckland) Mounted Rifles (2 versions)

4th (Waikato) Mounted Rifles


5th Mounted Rifles (Otago Hussars)

6th (Manawatu) Mounted Rifles

NZ WW1 8th Sth Canty MR Large Size Sandcast Badge

Top: large sand cast version made in Egypt

7th (Southland) Mounted Rifles

8th (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles


9th (Wellington East Coast) Mounted Rifles 10th (Nelson) Mounted Rifles

This image a "blown up" collar dog

11th (North Auckland) Mounted Rifles 12th (Otago) Mounted Rifles (void & solid)
The Fourth Battalion, Imperial Camel Brigade, better known as the Imperial Camel Corps, was formed in December 1916. The 15th & 16th Companies of the 4th Battalion, which was raised from two companies of the New Zealand Mounted rifles were raised on the 24th July & 17th October 1916 and had a total strength of 12 officers and 338 other ranks. The battalion operated in Egypt, the Sinai Desert & the Jordan valley during 1917 & 1918.
  • 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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