6th (Manawatu) Mounted Rifles

6th (Manawatu) Mounted Rifles

Collar and cap badges

The cap and collar badges for the 6th (Manawatu) Mounted Rifles. The number of the Regiment within a wreath of laurel leaves, surmounted by a crown. The collar badges are a smaller version of the cap badge

Motto: He Kawau Maro (Unyielding as the shag).

The 6th (Manawatu) Mounted Rifles Regiment was officially raised on 17 March 1911. It was one of 12 regionally based mounted rifles regiments formed as part of the new Territorial Force (TF) organisation that came into existence on that day. This part-time Territorial Force and a tiny regular force of professional soldiers formed the basis of New Zealand’s army at the outbreak of the First World War.

Instead of mobilising the TF, however, the government decided to raise a separate force to send overseas to fight – the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF). In 1914 the new mounted regiments of the NZEF were given provincial names corresponding to the military district in which they were raised – Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury or Otago. This gave them some sense of regional identity.

The NZEF mounted regiments were instructed to affiliate each of the three squadrons under their command with a TF mounted rifles regiment from their military district, and to issue the regiment’s badge to the squadron. The idea was to foster linkages with the established TF regiments that were not being sent overseas. So the badge of the 6th (Manawatu) Mounted Rifles Regiment, TF, was worn by the 6th (Manawatu) Squadron of the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment, NZEF, throughout its service in the Gallipoli, Sinai and Palestine campaigns.

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Posted: 14 Sep 2019

My father served with the Manawatu Rifles around 1940. I have a large photograph of the regiment taken about that time, which unrolls to cover the full range of men. His name was Grotrian, FB.

seymour l. eato

Posted: 01 Oct 2012

I served in the Regiment from 1941 to 1944 when I was transferred to the NZ Navy, my Navy number is NZ9450.