New Zealand Other Ranks' Headdress Badge - Copy & Officer's Collar Badge

A copy of the ‘E’ Squadron (New Zealand) headdress badge is shown in Figure 253-254. This copy is a very good strike but has loops with broad feet when compared with the reverse image of an Officer's and an Other Ranks genuine badge (Figure 255).

Figures 253-254: A copy of an ‘E’ Squadron and later 3rd Troop, ‘D’ Squadron (Australasian) Other Ranks’ headdress badge (KK 1377) in gilding metal with east-west loops.  

A striking fire-gilt ‘E’ Squadron collar badge is shown in Figure 255-. This is an Officer’s collar badge with its rich gilt finish. The collar badge is die-cast badge with a flat back. This is the only example of an Officer's Squadron collar badge I have seen.

Figure 255: An example of a genuine ‘E’ Squadron (New Zealand) Officer's collar badge (In the style of KK 1377) in fire-gilt (David Stewart collection). 

The ‘E’ Squadron headdress and collar badges are sometimes confused with several different patterns of fern leaf badges worn by New Zealand Volunteer Officers who formed part of the Second Boer War contingent and by New Zealand Permanent Staff. These fern leaf badges have differently shaped leaf stems, dimensions, loop positions and some but not all patterns lack the full stops after the letters 'N' and 'Z '.

Serjeant Sydney Harris (shown in Figure 200) who joined ‘B’ Squadron (British American or Canadian) in 1905 states that because there was no special Squadron for New Zealanders (from 1904) they could wear a fern badge to indicate their Nationality. New Zealand fern headdress and collar badges were worn by members of the 3rd Troop of ‘D’ Squadron (British African).