PHYSICAL TRAINING CORPS
|BELT COLOURS - two thin red stripes on a black background|
The corps belt of the New Zealand Army Physical Training Corps has two sets of thin red stripes on a black background. This belt is similar to that of the parent corps, which was authorised under Corps Order GD29, 3-7.1957 and was adopted by the New Zealand Army Physical Training Corps on its foundation on 1 June 1987
The colours commemorate the barred red and black jerseys worn by British Army physical training staff early in the 20th century. This jersey was nicknamed the ‘red and black’ and the ‘bumblebee’ and was worn definitely from 1919 until an unknown date in the late 1930s when a white jersey was introduced for wear by members of the (British) Army Physical Training Staff. Assistant instructors, however continued to wear the ‘red and black’ until well into the 1970s.
With thanks to George Pearson