badge, formation, New Zealand, GHQ Details or Base Depot
A red wool square narrow khaki strip near the lower edge. A separate red wool disc with the lower quadrant removed Formation Patch.
This is an example of the first of the three systems of patches used by the New Zealand Army in WW2. It was devised at some point between 1935 and the outbreak of war. It had three elements. First was a relatively large Basic Patch, which designated the Arm of Service of the wearer and was worn 4.5" below the shoulder seam. Second was the Unit Shape that was overlaid onto the Basic Patch 1/8" from the bottom and identified the unit of the wearer - it was made of khaki greatcoat material. Third was a small Formation Patch, which identified the formation of which the wearer was a part, and was positioned 1/8" above the Basic Patch. The system was replaced by a simpler version using only the Formation Patch in the autumn of 1940.