Wellington (City of Wellington's Own) and Hawke's Bay Regiment

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The Wellington (City of Wellington's Own) and Hawke's Bay Regiment
Active1964–2012
Country New Zealand
BranchNZARMYCREST34.jpg New Zealand Army
TypeInfantry
Garrison/HQNapier
Motto(s)Kia Toa (Maori: "be brave")
MarchThe Wellington Regiment
The Dashing White Sergeant
AnniversariesChunuck Bair Day - 8 August
Insignia
Distinguishing PatchesDistinguishing Patch HQ NZ Rifle Brigade.svg Distinguishing Patch 1st Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade.svg Distinguishing Patch 2nd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade.svg Distinguishing Patch 3rd Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade.svg Distinguishing Patch 4th Battalion NZ Rifle Brigade.svg

The Wellington (City of Wellington's Own) and Hawke's Bay Regiment was a Territorial Force regiment of the New Zealand Army. It was formed in 1964 during the reorganisation of the army by the amalgamation of two separate regiments:

This amalgamation saw the new regiment become a TF battalion of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. This was until the later reorganisation of 1999, which saw the TF battalions split from the RNZIR to become multi-function battalion groups. The Wellington and Hawke's Bay Regiment became the 7th Wellington and Hawke's Bay Battalion Group, with the following unit types:

  • Infantry
    • Alpha Company, was based in Gisborne
    • Bravo Company, was based at Trentham Camp in Wellington
    • Charlie Company, was based in Napier
  • Artillery – There was some discussion of converting 22(D) Battery, RNZA in the Wellington region into an Air Defence sub-unit
  • Medical – Now under the command of 2nd Health Services Battalion (2HSB) in Linton
  • Logistics
  • Military Band

In December 2012 the regiment was amalgamated with the 5th Wellington West Coast Taranaki Battalion Group to form the 5/7 Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (5/7 RNZIR).

Battle honours[edit]

The following battle honours were authorised to be emblazoned on the colours:[1]

  • 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, Chunuk Bair, 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]

Freedoms[edit]

The regiment was granted the following freedoms:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thomas, Malcolm (1995). New Zealand Army distinguishing patches, 1911-1991, part 2. pp. 100–101.

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