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New Zealand Infantry Reinforcement Unit hat badges (Page 1)

  • Reos = Reinforcements
  • Exprdy = Expeditionary
  • Expedit. = Expeditionary
  • QVC = Queen Victoria's Crown. Details
  • Imp = Imperial State Crown
  • KC = King's or Tudor Crown
Some NZ Reinforcements wore the number of their intake as a numeral on the shoulder strap. This is NOT a full list, only a representation. These badges were also won by Australia's AIF as battalion badges and before that by AIR as hat badges.

Cap & collar badges for 1st, 2nd & 3rd reinforcements. Called Triple Ferns. Photo Shaun Aumua

  • New Zealand's Reinforcement badges were all un-official but accepted. They had to be privately purchased and were worn only during training. 
  • They came in a variety of styles. Mostly the standard cap and collar badges were worn but some soldiers  selected other badges. 
  • These badges were usually only worn by reinforcements for the major branches of service, Infantry, Mounted Rifles and Rifle Brigade.

<<< "NZ Expdey. Forces" cap badge (A Coy 4th Reos)

Collar badge C Coy 4th Reos

"NZ Expdey. Forces" collar badge 

Reinforcements Expedit. Force

There were 43 drafts of Infantry, Rifle Brigade & specialists reinforcements. 

Initially the Rifle Brigade had separate drafts but later they were incorporated in Infantry drafts and identified by the company letter. >>> 

7th Reos to Canterbury Infantry Regt >> 

From 17th Reinforcements onwards a greater degree of uniformity can be seen. 

This stopped with 34th Reinforcements. The 34th Reinforcements and the ones that followed used the NZ Expeditionary Force badge

Letter used. Up to 1st draft of 20th Reos  2nd draft of 20th Reos to 34th Reos 35 onwards
A Auckland Infantry Regiment Auckland Infantry Battalion General Reos
B Wellington Infantry Regiment Wellington Infantry Battalion General Reos
C Canterbury Infantry Regiment Canterbury Infantry Battalion General Reos
D Otago Infantry Regiment Otago Infantry Battalion General Reos
E 1st Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade Infantry Company unattached General Reos
F 2nd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade Infantry Company unattached General Reos
G 3rd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade NZ Rifle Brigade Company unattached General Reos
H 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade NZ Rifle Brigade Company unattached General Reos
J Unattached Infantry Company NZ Rifle Brigade Company unattached not used
K Unattached Infantry Company not used not used

D Company (Otago) 7th Reinforcements A Company (Auckland) 8th Reos with "NZ" & "R"

B (Wellington) Company 8th Reinforcements

D (Otago) Company 8th Reinforcements

NZ WW1 C Company 9th Reinfs Cap Badge

A (Auckland) Company 9th Reinforcements

C (Canterbury) Company 9th Reinforcements

A Coy 8th Reos cap  Collar badge 9th Reos A Coy 10 Reos with NZ 10 Coy 10 Reos with R

NZ WW1 A Company 10th Reinfs Cap Badge

NZ WW1 B Company 10th Reinfs Cap Badge

A Coy 10th Reinforcements (Auckland)

B Coy 10th Reinforcements (Wellington)

NZ WW1 C Company 10th Reinfs Cap Badge

NZ WW1 D Company 10th Reinfs Cap Badge

C Coy 10th Reinforcements (Canterbury)

D Coy 10th Reinforcements (Otago)

New Zealand expeditionary forces cap badge

D Coy 10th Reinforcements (Otago)

B Coy 11th Reinforcements (Wellington)


C Company 11 Reinforcements (Canterbury)

  • 11 Reinforcements

D Coy 11th Reinforcements (Otago)

11th Reinforcements (variation)

11 Reos with NZ & crown

No crown version

E Coy 11th Reinforcements (1Bn NZRB)

Note QV Crown B Coy 13th Reos


NZ WW1 12th Reinforcements Collar Badge

12th Reinforcements 2 versions

Note QVC Crown above on the A Coy collar badge and Imperial Crown left and on the standard collar.

13th Reinforcements

14th Reinforcements (generic, collar)

NZ WW1 C Company 14th Reinforcements Cap Badge

Military cap badge WW1 A X1V Reinforcements

A Company 14th Reinforcements (2 versions)

D Coy 14th Reos

D & E Coy 14th Reos

A Coy 15th Reos & Kiwi E Coy 16th Reos & Kiwi

15th Reinforcement Badge

15th Reinforcements collar dog 2 versions

15th Reinforcements (A & C) (No Kiwi)

G Coy 16th Reinforcements.



H Coy 16th Reinforcements.


16th Reinforcements

16th Reinforcements (variation)

WW1 NZ 17th Reinforcements Collar Badge

 17th Reinforcements cap badge 17th Reinforcements collar badges


A & C  Companies 17th Reinforcements E Company 17th Reinforcements

18th Reinforcements cap badge

18th Reinforcements collar badges

  • C Company 19th Reinforcements
E Coy 19th Reinforcements J Company 19th Reinforcements

19th Reinforcements hat badge

19th Reinforcements collar badges

Excellent WW1 20th Reinforcements Collar Badge

20th Reinforcements (note QVC) voided version & solid version.

20th Reinforcements collar badges 2 versions. Note variations in crowns.

NZ WW1 21st Reinfs left collar badgeNZ WW1 21st Reinfs left collar badge

21st Reinforcements hat badge

21st Reinforcements collar badges

The Kiwi Range of collar badges

SCARCE WW1 NZ Reinfs Kiwi in Wreath Badge

WW1 NZ Reinforcements pair kiwi/rifle collars

Kiwi with rifle NZ EXPY FCS (right)

Kiwi on crossed ferns & NZ

Kiwi with rifle NZ EXPY FCS (left)
  • For 22nd Reos to 34th Reos

  • 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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