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NZEF Reinforcements hat badges 

  • Hat & collar badges of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) which was used as the badge for the 35th Reinforcements to the 43rd Reinforcements.

The British Section of the NZEF was formed by New Zealanders living in England and, with a strength of 7 Officers and 233 men sailed for Egypt on 12 December 1914. It was dissolved the following day and the men were absorbed into the Army Service Corps and an Engineer Field Company. This badge was created for it. This badge went on to become the general issue badge.

The New Zealand Rifle Brigade (Earl of Liverpool's Own)


Collar dogs NZRB        photo John Honeybone NZ

Fern leaf collar badges were sometimes worn. They were marked "ELO", "ELO 1" and "ELO 2". ELO stood for Earl of Liverpool's Own.

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  • Some Rifle Brigade badges contained the letters ELO for "Earl of Liverpool's Own".
NZ Rifle Brigade Reinforcements. The New Zealand Rifle Brigade was raised in April 1915 and operated under the full name of The New Zealand Rifle Brigade (Earl of Liverpool's Own) after 1 October 1915. A total of 5 Battalions were formed. The Brigade was disbanded in 1919 but various Home Guard and national Military reserve Units used similar badges during WW2.

21st Reinforcements (NZRB unattached)


  • 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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