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New Zealand Mounted Rifles Reinforcement Unit hat badges

  • Up to the 11th Reinforcements the Mounted Rifles used the general pattern reinforcement badge. The Company (or Squadron) letter indicated;
    • A = Auckland Squadron
    • B = Wellington Squadron
    • C = Canterbury Squadron
    • D = Otago Squadron
  • From 12th Reos onwards the troops were undesignated (or general reinforcements) for the Mounted Rifle Brigade. 
  • Later specially numbered badges were introduced featuring a rampant horse.

Hat badge NZMR Reinforcements (general issue)

14th Mounted Rifles Reinforcements Hat badge

17th Mounted Rifle Reinforcements 

cap and collar badges

17th NZVC Reinforcements 

(NZVC = New Zealand Veterinary Corps)

cap and collar badges


19th Mounted Rifles Reinforcements 

cap & collar badges


23rd Mounted Rifles Reinforcements

Hat & collar badges

24th Mounted Rifles Reinforcements

Hat & collar badges

WWI NZ MOUNTED RIFLES HAT BADGE - HORSE NZ Mounted Rifles (low tailed winged horse variation with NZ in the circle as opposed to a Unit number)

WW1 NZMR Reinf Pair Collar Badges

NZEF 25th Mounted Rifles PATTERN Proof Cap Badge
  • This badge was worn by some of

  • 25th Mounted Rifles Reinforcements to

  • 47th Mounted Rifles Reinforcements with the only variation being the number in the circle on the shield. 

    • These badges had NZ in the bottom scroll 

      • (refer image below left)

  • Other similar badges had "MR" in the circle on the shield or "NZ" in that circle. 

    • Refer collar badge images below for reference

36th Mounted Rifle Badge + NZMR - Rare!
  • 36 NZ Mounted Rifles Reinforcements


  • All these badges have the "low tail" representation of the horse. See below for the "high tail variation"



"High tail" NZMR collar >>>

  • 2 variations of collar badges, 

    • 1 with the NZ in the circle

    • 1 with a number in the circle

  • All these badges are the "high tail" variations. They exist for some of 31st to 47th Reinforcements. 


  Unidentified collar dogs


WW1 NZMR Reinfs Rearing Horse Right Coll BadgeNZ WW1 Mounted Rifles Reinf brass collar badge


General Service Mounted Rifles Reinforcements hat & collar badges

Scroll reads "NZ Mounted Rifles". Note the stars on the scroll ends.

Cap & collar badges for general issue to later groups of New Zealand Mounted Rifles Reinforcements.



NZ Mounted Rifles 41st Reinforcements GOLD Badge

  • New Zealand Mounted Rifles sweetheart badges. 1 not numbered, the other for 41st Reos.
  • 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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