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New Zealand Volunteers badges Page 2

Helmet plate Canterbury Irish Volunteers  Christchurch City Guard Rifle Volunteers helmet plate  Star & Garter helmet plate from reign of George V

SCARCE North Canterbury Batt B/M Coll Badge

Hastings Rifle Volunteers helmet plate
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6th (Hauraki) Regiment helmet plate. Photo: Shaun Aumua  1st North Canterbury Battalion helmet plate (above) & collar badge (below)

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2nd North Canterbury Infantry Battalion helmet plate. Photo: Shaun Aumua 2nd Battalion Otago Rifle Volunteers (Oreti RV) h/plate 3rd Battalion Otago Rifle Volunteers helmet plate

Thames Scottish Rifle Volunteers helmet plate

17th Ruahine Regiment helmet plate

South Canterbury Rifle Battalion 1897 helmet plate

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Wiamea Rifles helmet plate Helmet plate 1st Battalion Wellington Rifle Volunteers. Photo: Shaun Aumua 2nd Battalion Wellington West Coast Rifle Volunteers


3rd Battalion Wellington East Coast Rifle Volunteers South Canterbury Battalion 1886 helmet plate Collar badges South Canterbury Battalion

SCARCE Auckland College Rifle Vols Cap Badge

Glengarry badge 1st Canterbury Rifle Battalion 1903 Auckland College Rifles 1897 Glengarry badge (collar dogs identical but smaller) Auckland Scottish Volunteers Glengarry badge

Napier Rifles Glengarry badge Glengarry badge & collar dog set for 1st Battalion Otago Rifle Volunteers (ORV)
NZ Volunteer Cap Badge - 1st Batt Otago Rifle Vols

NZ Volunteers cap badge. 

The badge is a blackened and white metal Huia feather and comes attached to a piece of tartan cloth - it appears to be Black Watch which suggests that the wearer was probably in the Dunedin Highland Rifle Volunteers, 

which until 1911 was 'C' Company of the 1st Battalion, Otago Rifle Volunteers. In 1911 the Battalion was renamed as 4th (Otago Rifles) Regiment.

SCARCE NZ 3rd Batt Otago Rifle Vols Cap Badge

<<< Note. This badge carries the 5 star Southern Cross. 

Normally New Zealand only uses the 4 major stars of the Southern Cross on their badges and flags etc. 

By the time this unit evolved into the 10th Otago Regiment the 5th star had disappeared.

3rd Battalion Otago Rifle Volunteers Orepuki Rifle Volunteers
Dunedin Highland Rifles COPY Plaid Broach Badge
Ranfurly Rifle Volunteers Hastings Rifle Volunteers (this is a collar badge. The  unit's other badges are similar, see 2nd row of this page, above) Dunedin Highland Rifle Volunteers. This badge is made from pewter.
  • Dunedin Highland Rifles pewter plaid broach badge. Diameter is 75mm.
Dunedin Highland Rifles COPY Plaid Broach Badge

Collar badge South Canterbury Rifle Battalion 1897 1st, 2nd & 3rd Companies NZ Native Rifle Volunteers (lower image by Shaun Aumua)
This 3 piece badge is the General Service (bugle horn) badge for New Zealand 1885-1911
This is another 3 piece badge. It is for 1st Battalion Wellington Regiment
  • 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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