The O’Sullivan’s call this type of cap a “Type 3” in their book “NZ Army Uniform & clothing 1910-45”. This cap is named to
60791 Robert Eric SMALE. Enlisted 07/01/1941. Served overseas 07/04/1941 to 21/04/1945. Posted to 14 Light Anti Air craft Regiment 15/05/1941. Commission to 2nd Lieutenant 19/02/1944 and Lieutenant 19/02/1945. Served in Italy from 29/04/1944 to 28/02/1945. Was awarded the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with 8th Army clasp, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and NZ War Medal. Posted to Reserve of Officers list 21/04/1945 and was posted to the 5th Field Regiment, RNZA 01/12/1948. Transferred to General Reserve 13/02/1951 and finally to the Reserve list 01/10/1959. Died 10/09/1994. This belonged to a family member of a friend of mine and he also gave me his BD tunic and great coat as well so very lucky to have these items.