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A probably Egyptian made very rare cast brass cap badge New Zealand
Reference Military Badges of the British Empire 1914-18 Reg Cox. item 2/246 and https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/new-zealand-camel-corp-hat-badge
This is an unofficial First World War New Zealand Imperial Camel Corps hat badge. The badge features a camel facing left, with the Kings Crown on the hump and the letters 'NZ' in the centre of the body. Reflecting its origins as a wartime ad hoc unit the Imperial Camel Corps was never officially issued with cap and collar badges of its own. The New Zealand, Australian, British and Indian soldiers who served in the Camel Corps were expected to just continue wearing the badges of the units they had belonged to before joining the Camel Corps.
This state of affairs proved to be an unsatisfactory one for many of the cameliers, most of whom came to take great pride in the unique status of the Camel Corps and its successful exploits as the war went on. So the cameliers took matters into their own hands and designed their own badges which they then got local Egyptian craftsmen to manufacture for them. These badges were usually designed to reflect the national identity of the wearer (New Zealand, Australian, etc) and could also vary from company to company (the Australians in particular producing a number of different designs, as befitted their having the largest number of camel companies in the Corps).
The first four camel companies of the Imperial Camel Corps were formed in early 1916 to help suppress the Ottoman-backed Senussi raids on British and Egyptian outposts near the Libyan-Egyptian border. Later on that year the Imperial Camel Corps was expanded in size and re-organised to field a complete brigade which took part in the campaigns against Ottoman Turkish forces in the Sinai Peninsula and Palestine. Two New Zealand camel companies (No's 15 and 16) were formed as part of this expansion and served with the Imperial Camel Corps Brigade until it was disbanded in June 1918.
A very rare sand cast brass Imperial Camel Corps hat badge. The badge comprises the profile of a striding camel (facing left) above a bar which contains the words 'IMPERIAL CAMEL CORPS' in raised lettering. A pair of attachment lugs are brazed on to the reverse.
This is an example of an unofficial Imperial Camel Corps hat badge. Some, but not all, Australian Light Horse and Camel Corps units elected to wear unofficial regimental badges of their own design in place of the 'Rising Sun' general service badge. These badges were privately designed and purchased by Regiments or individuals; some were made to order in Australia or Britain, others were cheaply sand-cast in Egypt. The Australian War Memorial collection holds two other variations of hat badges used by the Australian and Imperial Camel Corps.
Reference ; Military Badges of the British Empire 1914-18 Reg Cox. item 2/248
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Later the name was again changed, to New Zealand Forces Motor Service Corps. Disbanded in 1920.
A fine sand cast example, with two loops to reverse.
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A fine uncleaned brass example, with two loops to reverse.
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Reference Cox 2908. WW1 Expeditionary Force.
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King's crown bi / metal cap badge with two loops and makers plate for Gaunt Montreal to the reverse,worn by the 13th. [North Canterbury & Westland] Regiment. The roman numerals,XIII,and the letters"NZI" to the centre of a crowned wreath of fern,above the motto scroll,Kia Pono Tonu.
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