Description: 30th Battalion (New South Wales Scottish Rifles) – Brass Collar Badge Pair – 1930s.
Maker’s Name: N/A
Condition: Very Good
Comments: 30th Battalion (New South Wales Scottish Rifles) – Brass Collar Badge Pair – 1930s. Both complete with 2 lugs. Rare Non-Voided variation.
Guaranteed to be 100% genuine.
After the First World War the defence of the Australian mainland lay with the part-time soldiers of the Citizens Military Force (CMF), also known as the Militia. The Militia was organized to maintain the structure of the First AIF and kept the same numerical designations. Sydney’s 30th Infantry Battalion was the “New South Wales Scottish Regiment, raised in 1935. A Scottish regiment had belonged to New South Wales since 1885, the first being the New South Wales Scottish Rifles. The 30th wore the tartan of the British Army 42nd (Black Watch) Royal Highland Regiment.
Like many Militia units during the start of the Second World War, the 30th volunteered for overseas service as a whole unit but was rejected. Individuals could volunteer for the AIF but not whole units. The 30th continued soldiering part-time, however once Japan entered the war the battalion was mobilised for full-time service.