cap and capband
New Zealand Army 'Lemon Squeezer' hat in heavy duty khaki felt cloth. The pugaree band is in khaki wool with a red 'arm of service' band in the centre. The brown leatherette sweat band is impressed with the inscription 'N.Z Forces. REGT. COY. BATTN. REGT NO' with space for the owner to mark the relevant information beside each heading. The leatherette sweat band also has the no 1097 handwritten on it in indelible marker.
At the beginning of the First World War, the New Zealand troops wore a uniform very similar to the Australians even down to the distinctive 'slouch' hat, although members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force wore a red band around the crown. It seems that it was Lieutenant Colonel William George Malone, Commanding Officer of the HQ Wellington Battalion, who decided that it was time to change the shape of the hat worn by his men to make it more easily distinguishable from those worn by the Australians. He therefore instructed his men to put 4 'dents' into the top of the hat and the result was the so-called 'Lemon Squeezer' shape that is still worn by the New Zealanders today. Colonel Malone, who was born in England in 1859, was killed in action (it is thought by 'friendly fire') on 8 August 1915 at Chunuk Bair on the Gallipoli Peninsula, aged 56.
(a) impressed in leatherette sweat band
(b) handwritten in indelible marker on sweat band