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New Zealand's Specialist Unit Badges Page 2

The New Zealand Cyclist Corps was raised 5 April 1915 and embarked with 12th Reinforcements from Wellington. 2 more Companies were created from reinforcements and they joined with 2nd Australian Divisional Cyclist Company to form the 2nd ANZAC Cyclist Battalion. 

When the Australian Company was withdrawn, 16 January 1918, the unit became the 22nd Corps Cycle Battalion.
The Corps was disbanded in England in May 1919

The NZ Cyclists badge (above left) was based on the British version shown left.

  • The New Zealand Cycle  Corps   
  • RARE New Zealand Cycle Corps Brass Hat Badge. This early badge predates the Territorial era and was worn in Auckland by the Volunteer Cycle Company there. 
  • It was very possibly revived early in WW1 when the Cyclist Company was formed at Featherston as there are bronze and white metal examples of this badge that appears to be WW1 manufacture.



  • The Specialist Company was in 2 sections.
    • The Machine Gun Section
    • The Signaling Section
  • They were part of the reinforcements scheme and once trained the troops were posted to the NZEF.
  • They had several versions of the badge.

  • Bi-metal version of the NZ Specialists badge


Image: Shaun Aumua

  • The New Zealand Engineers Tunnellers Company was raised 12 September 1915 and was sent to France as the first NZ Unit on the Western Front
  • Collar badge scroll reads "INGA WAHI KATOA"

1 Reserve. awaiting photo

WW1 NZ No.3 Reserve Coy. COPY Badge

  • Reserve Brigades, Expeditionary Force
  • Reserve Brigades 1 through 4 inclusive were formed during WW1 for NZEF.
  • There were a couple of different designs and the Brigade number was included in the badge design (above) but not on the collar dogs (left).


  • The Instructors at the School of Musketry were members of the New Zealand Permanent Staff.
  • While there they wore these badges (2 versions shown with collar dogs)
    • Officers version left
    • Other ranks version above
  • 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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