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mjh 06-01-20 02:34 AM

NZ Regiment
 
I have a badge, all brass, Kiwi in circle bearing title "New Zealand Regiment", laurel leaves and K/C.
I have been unable to find any details of this regiment, when it was formed, amalgamated or disbanded. I have those details of all the other infantry, 1 - 17 with amalgamations, etc., through to RNZI but NZ Regiment doesn't seem to fit in.
Can someone help?

RNeil 06-01-20 02:54 AM

The New Zealand Regiment was formed as the single Regular infantry battalion of the New Zealand Infantry Corps on 9 January 1947.

The NZ Regiment was reorganised in August 1947with the two Infantry Battalions in Jayforce joining the NZ Regiment:

1st Battalion – re-designation of the original regiment
2nd Battalion – re-designation of 22nd Battalion, NZEF
3rd Battalion – re-designation of 27th Battalion, NZEF

The 2nd and 3rd Battalions were disbanded in 1948 following their return to New Zealand.

The 1st Battalion, The NZ Regiment was deployed to Malaya from October 1957 as part the 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade Group. Between 1958 and 1964 the NZ Regiment would rotate three Battalions through Malaya;

1st Battalion,(1957 to 1959)
2nd Battalion, (1959 to 1961)
1st Battalion, (1961 to 1964)

In 1963 the 2nd Battalion now based in New Zealand was reorganised as a Depot for the 1st Battalion.

On 1 April 1964 all units of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Corps were reorganised into the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment with the NZ Regiment becoming 1 RNZIR - 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.

Wmr-RHB 06-01-20 09:09 AM

To see the above explanation in chart form: New Zealand Regiment

mjh 07-01-20 01:18 AM

NZ Regiment
 
Thank you for your very detailed response, all is clear.

atillathenunns 07-01-20 07:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RNeil (Post 496540)
The New Zealand Regiment was formed as the single Regular infantry battalion of the New Zealand Infantry Corps on 9 January 1947.

The NZ Regiment was reorganised in August 1947 with the two Infantry Battalions in Jayforce joining the NZ Regiment:

1st Battalion – re-designation of the original regiment
2nd Battalion – re-designation of 22nd Battalion, NZEF
3rd Battalion – re-designation of 27th Battalion, NZEF

The 2nd and 3rd Battalions were disbanded in 1948 following their return to New Zealand.

The 1st Battalion, The NZ Regiment was deployed to Malaya from October 1957 as part the 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade Group. Between 1958 and 1964 the NZ Regiment would rotate three Battalions through Malaya;

1st Battalion,(1957 to 1959)
2nd Battalion, (1959 to 1961)
1st Battalion, (1961 to 1964)

In 1963 the 2nd Battalion now based in New Zealand was reorganised as a Depot for the 1st Battalion.

On 1 April 1964 all units of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Corps were reorganised into the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment with the NZ Regiment becoming 1 RNZIR - 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.

Hope you don't mind, I made some adjustments:cool:

On the 9th January 1947, it was decided to rename the New Zealand Battalions as Regiments.
However, it was further decided that the “1st New Zealand Regiment” should be held in abeyance in case a “Regular” Battalion was raised.

The “2nd New Zealand Regiment” was raised from troops of the 22nd Battalion in February 1947.
The “3rd New Zealand Regiment” was raised from troops of the 27th Battalion in February 1947.
The 2nd and 3rd New Zealand Regiments were disbanded in September 1948 following their return to New Zealand.

On the 2nd August 1957, official authority was granted to raise and train the first “Regular” Infantry Battalion in New Zealand history for service in Malaya.
This was unique in our military history as families for the first time were to accompany the Battalion to an overseas station.
This Battalion, commanded by Lt-Col W. R. K. Morrison DSO, was known as the “1st New Zealand Regiment.”

The NZ Regiment was deployed to Malaya from October 1957 as part the 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade Group. Between 1958 and 1964 the NZ Regiment would rotate three Battalions through Malaya;

1st Battalion,(1957 to 1959)
2nd Battalion, (1959 to 1961)
1st Battalion, (1961 to 1964)

In 1963 the 2nd Battalion now based in New Zealand was reorganised as a Depot for the 1st Battalion.

On 1 April 1964 all units of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Corps were reorganised into the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment with the NZ Regiment becoming 1 RNZIR - 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.


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