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Old 24-01-21, 04:21 PM
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What do you think about this badge? Official...OR?? Thanks!
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Old 24-01-21, 06:49 PM
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Smile NZ General Service

A well-polished NZ General Service cap badge as issued.

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Old 24-01-21, 07:21 PM
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And this badge is the one used by NZ forces in war???
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Old 24-01-21, 07:38 PM
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And this badge is the one used by NZ forces in war???
Agree with Rob. This badge was worn in WW2.
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Old 24-01-21, 08:59 PM
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Ok...thanks to both of you!
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Old 25-01-21, 09:20 AM
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And, not really being a badge person, but I think that they started being worn from 1917 onwards (hey. just like the motto!)

Yes, polished, but by far and away not the most polished one I've seen. I once saw an example of about 7 or 8 stages of the manufacture of one of these, going from the flan to the strike to the cutting out of the badge.

It certainly gave you a whole new respect for the production of a fairly common item...
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Yes indeed, New Zealand made, issued to both ORs and officers, worn 1939 to 1947.
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Old 27-01-21, 07:08 AM
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And, not really being a badge person, but I think that they started being worn from 1917 onwards
Collar sized onward badges were worn by the NZ British Section in 1914, cap size onward badges appear to have been worn as early as 1915.
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Old 27-01-21, 07:45 AM
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The distinguished gentleman on the left is Sir Thomas Mackenzie, the High Commissioner to London during WW1.
Sir Thomas is the original designer of the Onward badge that was issued to the NZEF British Section in 1914.
The chap on the right is the official New Zealand War Correspondent, Malcolm Ross.


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Old 28-01-21, 11:59 PM
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Hi

McKenzie's son was 11/171 Clutha Nantes McKenzie who was blinded at Gallipoli.

He then became director of the Institute for the Blind. He also stood for Parliament. I've been trying to track down a book that he wrote "Recollections of a Trooper".
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