Fragment of collar : 16th Waikato Regiment, Baby 700, Gallipoli

Unit New Zealand Forces
Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Sari Bair Area, Baby 700
Accession Number REL24395
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Brass, Wool
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Fragment of cloth from the left side of a collar from a New Zealand army tunic. Attached to the fragment is a brass collar badge for the 16th Waikato Regiment showing an arm holding a Maori spear, beneath which is the voided number 'XVI' and a scroll bearing the Maori motto 'KA WHAWHAI TONU AKE AKE' (we shall fight for ever and ever).

History / Summary

This piece of collar came from the tunic of a member of the New Zealand 16th Waikato Regiment. It was found by the Australian Historical Mission on 17 February 1919 near found the graves of Australians and New Zealanders, killed on 25 April 1915 on the inland slope of Baby 700. They were probably buried where they fell by the Turks during the May armistice. This item was found with other uniform fragments on the ground around the graves.