5th/7th Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment

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5th/7th Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
RNZIRCapBadge.jpg
Cap badge of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
Active December 2012 – Present
Country  New Zealand
Allegiance HM The Queen
Branch Army
Type Reserve (TF)
Role Light Role Infantry
Size Three companies
Garrison/HQ HQ - Trentham
Wellington Company - HMNZS Olphert
West Coast Company - Wanganui
East Coast Company - Napier
Motto Onward
March 5th Battalion -
Quick -
7th Battalion -
Quick - Wellington and
The Dashing White Sergeant
Slow -
Commanders
Commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Ian Macdonald
Regimental Sergeant-Major Warrant Officer Class One Michael Yorwarth

5th/7th Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment is a territorial force infantry battalion of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment with its headquarters in Trentham, New Zealand.

History[edit]

The 7th (Wellington (City of Wellington's Own) and Hawke's Bay) Battalion, RNZIR was formed in 1964 during the reorganisation of the army by the amalgamation of two separate regiments:

  • 5th Wellington Regiment
  • 9th Hawke's Bay Regiment (which had earlier incorporated the 17th (Ruahine) Regiment)

The Wellington West Coast and Taranaki regiment became the 5th (Wellington West Coast and Taranaki) Battalion, RNZIR

The respective amalgamations saw the new regiments become TF battalions of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. This lasted until another reorganisation in 1999, which saw the TF battalions split from the RNZIR to become multi-function battalion groups.

One of 7th Battalion's regimental marches, "The Dashing White Sergeant", was inherited from the Hawkes Bay Regiment who inherited it from the Royal Berkshire Regiment which the Hawkes Bay Regiment was aligned with.

Then again in 2012 the territorial force reorganised with the battalion groups splitting and the former units rejoining their parent corps and regiments. The infantry battalions were amalgamated from six to three, this included the 5th and 7th battalions which amalgamated to form the 5/7 Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.[1]

Regimental bands[edit]

Until 30 June 2012, both battalions each had a regimental band or regimental pipes and drums. But funding to the territorial force bands was cut in favour of keeping the full-time New Zealand Army band.[2] Both the former Regimental Pipes and Drums of the 5th (Wellington West Coast and Taranaki) Battalion, RNZIR and the Regimental Band of the 7th (Wellington (City of Wellington's Own) and Hawke's Bay) Battalion, RNZIR continue as incorporated societies while retaining their respective uniforms, rank, instruments and bandrooms. Notably, 7th Battalion Band performed at Government House, Wellington for the territorial force amalgamation parade in March 2013.[3]

Battle honours[edit]

  • 5th (Wellington West Coast and Taranaki) Battalion[4]
    • New Zealand
    • South Africa
    • First World War: Somme 1916–18, Messines 1917, Ypres 1917, Bapaume 1918, Hindenburg Line, Landing at ANZAC, France and Flanders 1916–1918, Sari Bair 1915, Gallipoli 1915, Egypt 1915–1916
    • Second World War: Greece 1941, Crete, Sidi Rezegh 1941, Minquar Qaim, El Alamein, North Africa 1940–1943, Cassino I, The Senio, Italy 1943–45, Solomons

The RNZIR is one of two unique regiments of the Commonwealth, in that it is one of two regiments to have its own country's name as a battle honour. This dates from the service of the Taranaki Volunteer Rifle Corps, from which the Taranaki Regiment is descended, during the New Zealand Land Wars, specifically in the Battle of Waireka.

The other unit to share this honour is the Cape Town Highlanders Regiment a reserve mechanised unit of South African Army.

  • 7th (Wellington (City of Wellington's Own) and Hawke's Bay) Battalion
    • South Africa 1900–02
    • First World War: Somme 1916–18, Messines 1917, Ypres 1917, Bapaume 1918, Hindenburg Line, Sambre (Le Quesnoy), Landing at ANZAC, France and Flanders 1916–18, Sari Bair, Gallipoli 1915
    • Second World War: Greece 1941, Crete, Tobruk 1941, Minquar Qaim, El Alamein, Tebaga Gap, The Sangro, Cassino I, The Senio, Solomons 1942–44

Alliances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadley, Jon (December 2012). "Territorials Become More Joined Up". NZ Army News. pp. 8–9. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Ray, Adam. "Military bands break up thanks to spending cuts". 3 News NZ. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  3. ^ "Disestablished Army Band Plays On For The Army This Sunday". Scoop. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  4. ^ http://wwct_regt.tripod.com/regions.htm

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