AUCKLAND INFANTRY REGIMENT
The above illustrated badge is thought to be that of the Regimental Signals Association of the Auckland Infantry Regiment.
The badge is chrome with a pair of enamelled signallers flags crossing the Baron Auckland's Crest of a “Dexter Arm” clad in armour embowed, with the hand grasping an annulated Garbe (Wheat-Sheaf) underneath which is the motto Sisit Prudentia (Ever Prudent) being the Barons motto.
This Crest is the top part of the Eden family Coat of Arms for the Baronetcy of Auckland (Baron Auckland) and is an integral part of the cap badge for the Auckland Regiment New Zealand Infantry which was raised in May 1898. One year later the Regiment's first set of colours which included the first New Zealand Ensign presented to a New Zealand military unit, was presented by Lady Constance, the Countess of Ranfurly, wife of the then Governor of New Zealand. It was from Lady Constance that the Regiment took, as part of it's title “The Countess of Ranfurly's Own” which continues to this day.
A cap and collar badge of the former 3rd (AUCK) Regt NZ Infantry are depicted below showing the Crest's use on the badges and it's title of the time of
3rd (AUCK) REGIMENT NEW ZEALAND INFANTRY
(Countess of Ranfurly's Own).