Badges, military; [?]; Early 20th century; CT07.4708


Badges, military

About this object

Military badges; five gold and silver military badges, belonging to Sergeant Major Georgia Francisco Almond Sargeant, of Owaka, who fought in World War One.

The badges include a silver 'ANZAC Club' badge, 'Returned Soldiers Association' badge, gold New Zealand Rifle Brigade badge, South Otago Rifles Regiment badge and a 'NZ Onward' badge.

Sargeant enlisted in the New Zealand Expiditionary Force, at about the age of 40, after spending many years in the British Armed Forces. He landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, as 8/126 with the Otago Infantry Batallion, and was evacuated wounded on 8th May. In the few days he was there, he had been hit a number of times – in a waist belt carrying a watch, in a money belt and most importantly in a New Testament bible in his breast pocket, which saved his life. Sargeant was discharged in 1916 as medically unfit, and was awarded the New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal.

The family lived in Royal Terrace, Owaka, and after he returned from Gallipoli he returned to his old trade repairing boots and shoes.



Maker Role


Date Made

Early 20th century


20th Century

Place Made


Medium and Materials

processed material, metal



Subject and Association Keywords

military science, war

Subject and Association Keywords

modern history, 20th century, World War I (1914-1918)

Subject and Association Keywords

military science, maintenance and transportation, clothing and equipment


Sargeant Collection

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

Object Type

personal effect

Object number


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